“Experts” predicted that the Biden administration would see 400,000 new jobs created in December. The actual number was 199,000. The good news is that the Workforce Participation Rate did not drop. It is holding steady at 61.9. That’s not a great number, but at least it is holding steady.
On Friday, Breitbart noted:
The jobless rates for whites fell half a percentage point to 3.2 percent, while the rate for blacks rose from 6.7 percent to 7.1 percent, according to data released by the Labor Department on Friday.
On Friday, The Conservative Treehouse posted an article detailing some of the reasons for the low jobs number. It’s not the coronavirus as President Biden claims.
The article reports:
Keep in mind, the November jobs report showed a decline in retail jobs of 29,000, and this report shows that despite November & December being the largest shopping months for holidays, the retail sector jobs were nonexistent.
The issue is what we have discussed here for months, inflation.
The job quits and JOLT turnover reports from last week showed massive numbers of employees quitting their jobs. In part this is pressure from the vaccine mandate (more on that later). However, in the majority what we are seeing is employment decisions based on inflation hitting the labor market.
Additionally, the current BLS report does not have the Omicron “winter of death” employment impact within it. That impact will come in the January report, and it will not be good. But let’s get down to reconciling December jobs data with reality on the ground.
Inflation is chewing up income amid the workforce. This is not debatable, and this is reflected in every opinion poll and economic statistic that has surfaced for the past six months. The BLS report somewhat surprised people in the 0.6% wage gains, and average wage increases are now 4.7% year over year. That should be a good thing. However, inflation at 20 to 50+% on energy, fuel, gasoline and food means a 4.7% growth in wages is a pittance.
Unfortunately, the article does not conclude with good news:
We have a looming problem that does not reconcile with 3.9% unemployment. The pundits are perplexed.
The confusion is because NO ECONOMIC data has ever shown this level of inflation in such a short period of time. There are no models. There is no experience in this situation. This is not like the 1970’s where oil prices were the direct and primary cause. This is different, because we are experiencing shortages and price increases specifically due to policy.
Energy policy is killing us (oil and natural gas prices). Legislative policy is killing us (spending and bailouts). Monetary policy is killing us (cheap lending, quantitative easing, devaluation). All of this is causing massive inflation at a level we have never seen in history, and it’s on everything.
Then we throw in a vaccine mandate, and perpetual fear of a virus that hits both the demand side and the employment side simultaneously…. and, well, here you go. The disruptions inside the economy are like deep cuts, thousands of them, and they are not accidental.
Many, if not most, of these disruptions are being done at the altar of climate change and the Green New Deal.
COVID-19 mitigation and mandates only make this worse.
The disruptions in the supply chain are a direct result of policy. Now, we have to prepare for inflation AND shortages. This will not get better in 2022.
Prepare your family accordingly. I believe those of you reading this article represent the people best prepared for what is about to happen.
Prepare for the worst, pray for the best.