Most preppers have a sort of fixed income by way of regular employment, meaning a 40 hour a week paycheck, and that’s it. Not all that many have a secondary source of income, and few have skills and resources that have been adapted to provide income besides that paycheck. So, when the pink slip comes, what do you do? You collect on the unemployment system and hope you have enough food set aside to make do.

Sorry, but that’s not a good enough response to satisfy me. If you have been preparing for a while there’s no reason why you need to live at a fraction of your potential simply because you lost your job. I can see new preppers in that situation, but not veterans of the battle.

What brings this up? The US dept. of Labor released its bogus Employment Situation Summary yesterday, and reading between the lines I see that the administration wants us to believe that things have turned the corner, employment wise, and things are looking up. Load of crap, in my opinion. And I’m not the only one who thinks so either. World Net’s Jerome Corsi has a piece that says John Williams’ Shadow Government website claims the rate is actually 22.1%. I didn’t read through the data Mr. Williams presents, but our own government says the real numbers of actual unemployment are much greater than we see on the front pages of the mainstream media outlets.

The press release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says; Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That’s just the nonfarm payroll. So, if the rate is little changed, why all the excitement over the numbers? Because we are in need of more manipulation, that’s why.

The number of unemployed persons (13.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.9 percent) changed little in February. The labor force was about unchanged over the month. The jobless rate was down by 0.9 percentage point since November 2010. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.7 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (23.9 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (15.3 percent), and Hispanics (11.6 percent) showed little or no change in February. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, at 8.3 million, continued to trend down in February and has fallen by 1.2 million over the past 12 months. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 6.0 million and accounted for 43.9 percent of the unemployed. (See tables A-11 and A-12.)

Both the civilian labor force participation rate, at 64.2 percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 58.4 percent, were unchanged in February. (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 8.3 million in February. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

In February, 2.7 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, up from 2.5 million a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 1.0 million discouraged workers in February, a decrease of 184,000 from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in February had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

Table A-16 gives the true numbers of unemployment. There are currently 86,216,000 people not working in this country. That includes all able bodied men and women, all eighty six million, two hundred and sixteen thousand of them. They are able to work, but don’t want to. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

Where do you suppose all of these people are going to get their bread from after inflation does its dirty work? The roles have increased by nearly two and a half million men and women between February of last year (2010) and February of this year (2011). Where does this say things are getting better in the employment sector? It doesn’t. These are the true figures we really need to look at.

We have an increasing number of unemployed people in this country, and a decreasing amount of food to feed them with. Prices are climbing at increasing rates. Gasoline may well approach, if not pass $4.00 per gallon by summers start. Food prices continue to climb. Heating costs are rising as well. The only thing really shrinking is the value of our currency, which of course we need more of it to buy less.

How are things improving? Answer; they are not.

It will be interesting to see what the numbers are in July after this year’s crop of high school seniors hit the streets looking for a full time job.

There are some interesting figures promoted in this press release as well, indicating that jobs are indeed being created. Here’s a couple of quotes that I find especially meaningful in light of the Obamacare nightmare; Health care employment continued to increase in February (+34,000). Over the prior 12 months, health care had added 260,000 jobs, or an average of 22,000 jobs per month, and the cost of government Employment in both state and local government edged down over the month. Local government has lost 377,000 jobs since its peak in September 2008.

It appears as though the loss of government sector jobs is offsetting the increases in private sector employment, with the exception of the healthcare industry. There must be an awful lot of sick people out there to need that many people in the industry. But of course, that, in part, is why it costs so much to pay for your illness today.

The summary to my point today is that in all likelihood, there is a growing risk that many of us will wind up either losing our jobs, or getting cut back in hours. Either way, our paychecks are, or will be shrinking, and we need to include that eventuality in our preparedness planning regime.

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