In real English that is someone who is not working and is not longer trying to find a job. To listen to the leftstream media, these people have stopped looking for work because they are so incredibly frustrated with the job market that they have given up all hope. They paint a picture of a person spending hour after hour, day after day, week after week, diligently searching for a job, any job. They fill out hundreds of applications and when called for the rare interview they are eventually disappointed.
Well, the anecdotal evidence I, and people I talk to about this situation paints a different picture. Most stories start out the same, with said person losing his job for one irrelevant reason or another, and then getting on unemployment. At that point their situation changed from
unemployed to “on vacation” The quote I hear often is “I’ll start looking for work when my unemployment gets close.” That means when the money starts to run out I’ll find a job.
But sitting at home and not having to work to get your money is additive. You get used to it, you want it to continue. You don’t want to have to get up each morning and be someplace at a certain time, and do what someone else tells you to. You want to be free to do what ever you want, and have the bills paid by someone else. I was seriously injured by a drunk driver 25 years ago, and I had money coming in without working. It was nice. Towards the end I was a bit resentful that it could not continue. But, do you know why I willingly and happily returned to work? I healed and that stopped the money. It was work or starve, in my mind. Milking the system, via my neighbors never crossed my mind.
The Labor Participation Level (LPL), which is essentially everyone except the Marginally Attached Person and the elderly, has shrunk steadily under Obama. His high pointwas the day he took office in Jan 2009, at 65.7%. It is now 63.7%. Each percentage point is about 1.5 million
workers. Some of that is due to the elderly reaching retirement age. But, that is mitigated by those turning 16 and entering the labor market. The number of people working in Jan ’09 was 142.2 million. Now it is 141.6 million. The number of MAPs was 2.13 million. Now it is 2.81 million, and steadily growing.
The Marginally Attached Person (MAP) still has to eat and support a family. So rather than go back to work a very large segment of the unemployed are devoting their time and efforts not to finding a job, but to milking the rest of us via the myriad of government programs to assist “the