Phony Jobs Report From A Government That Lies About Everything
By Paul Craig Roberts
June 08, 2013
Clearing House -
June 7, 2013. The payroll jobs report for May
released today continues the fantasy.
Goods producing jobs declined, with manufacturing losing another
4,000 jobs, but the New Economy produced 179,000 service jobs.
Are these jobs the high-powered, high-wage “innovation jobs”
that economists promised would be our reward from Globalism. I’m
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobs created
are the usual lowly paid
non-exportable domestic service jobs--the jobs of a third world
Retail trade accounts for 27,700 of the jobs.
Wholesale trade accounts for 7,900 jobs.
Ambulatory health care services accounts for 15,300 of the jobs.
Waitresses and bartenders account for 38,100 of the jobs.
Local government accounts for 13,000 of the jobs.
Amusements, gambling, and recreation account for 12,500 of the
Temporary help services provided 25,600 jobs.
Business support services provided 4,300 jobs.
Services to buildings and dwellings provided 6,400 jobs.
Accounting and bookkeeping services provided 3,100 jobs.
Architectural and engineering services provided 4,900 jobs.
Computer systems design and related provided 6,000 jobs (most
likely filled by H-1B work visas).
Management and technical consulting services provided 3,200
For a decade this has been the jobs profile of “the world’s most
powerful economy.” It is the profile of third world India 40
years ago. The jobs that made the US the dominant economy have
been moved off shore by corporations threatened by Wall Street
with takeovers if they did not increase their profits.
The easiest way for corporations to increase profits is to take
advantage of cheap labor in countries with massive quantities of
So, if we believe the BLS report, and the reported new jobs are
not simply a product of faulty season adjustments and a faulty
birth-death model, why is the financial press happy that the US
economy can only create third world jobs? Why was the stock
market up on the news that the US economy has created 179,000
third world jobs? Would rational markets be up on such
But are the jobs really there?
With retail sales going nowhere, why 35,600 new jobs in
wholesale and retail trade?
With real median incomes declining, why 38,100 more waitresses
and bartenders? For every month as long as I can remember the
BLS reports numerous new jobs in waitresses and bartenders,
despite the long-term decline in real median income.
In the May jobs report, where are the jobs for the vast number
of new college graduates?
The US now has more hotel maids, bartenders, and waitresses than
it has manufacturing workers. The US has twice as many people
employed in government than in manufacturing.
The services of maids, bartenders, waitresses, and government
cannot be exported.
Therefore, the US trade deficit remains large and without
exports to reduce it, a crisis in itself.
What the BLS jobs reports have been telling us for many years is
that the US economy is in crisis, in a death-spiral. Yet, not a
handful of economists’ voices have been raised.
Today president obama’s economist said that the notch upward in
the unemployment rate was because the economic outlook was so
good that more people were encouraged to enter the labor market
than there were new jobs available.
The conclusion is inescapable: The same government that lies
about weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein’s al-Qaeda
connections, Iranian nukes, and so on, also lies about jobs, the
unemployment rate, the inflation rate, rigs every financial and
commodity market, pretends that terrorism is such a threat that
the US Constitution must be set aside and that Americans are
safer without the protection of habeas corpus and due process.
It is amazing how rare terrorism is, especially with Washington
in the second decade of trying to stir up terrorism by invading
countries on totally false pretenses, murdering citizens of
countries, such as Pakistan and Yemen with drones, and
supporting Israel’s never-ending murder and dispossession of the
After such massive provocations from Washington, one would think
that the world would be ablaze with terrorism. But it isn’t.
As there is so little terrorism, Washington and its presstitute
media call those who resist
Washington’s invasion of their countries “terrorists.” Everyone
who resists Washington’s military aggression is a terrorist.
Just ask the New York Times, Fox News, or any neoconservative.
Or, for that matter, the Bilderbergs, the Council on Foreign
Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and Homeland Security, the
Gestapo organization that now defines all American dissenters to
be “domestic extremists.”
Washington’s claim that Americans have “freedom and democracy”
is the sickest joke in human history.
In 21st century America, defendants have no more rights than the
accused in Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. The FBI now shoots
suspects brought in for questioning in the back of the head even
before the suspect is arrested.
Long before Bradley Manning’s trial the presstitutes have
convicted the accused based on lies leaked by the prosecutors.
Consider Bradley Manning. After three years of detention,
including one year of torture, he is brought to a rigged trial
as a national security danger. All that Bradley Manning did was
to comply with the Military Code and report war crimes. As his
corrupt superiors did not want to know, he complied with his
duty, apparently, by going public.
Now he is being made an example. The message is clear: Support
Washington’s war crimes or be destroyed.
The Amerika that exists today has more in common with Nazi
Germany than with the America in which I grew up. The young
don’t know any different. But those my age realize that we have
lost our country. America no longer exists.
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.
He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments.
His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West is now available.
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