Happy Coincidence, 2! “Gallup: The Unemployment Rate Is Collapsing”
Just in time for the election. Whew! How’s that for some fortuitous timing, Obama’s agenda finally breaking past the Bush-created economic destruction barrier and working to bring back the economy so swiftly these past two months leading up to the election. 7.3% — a near full percentage point drop in the last month before the election!
Why, it’s an early Christmas miracle! Yes we can!
U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 7.3% in mid-October, down considerably from 7.9% at the end of September and at a new low since Gallup began collecting employment data in January 2010. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 7.7%, also down from September. October’s adjusted mid-month measure is also more than a percentage point lower than October 2011.
These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking surveys conducted by landline and cell phone with more than 30,000 U.S. adults from Sept. 16-Oct. 15. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate incorporates the .04 upward adjustment used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in October of last year. The adjustment for September was an increase of .02, which explains the .04 drop in seasonally adjusted employment despite the .06 decline in the unadjusted number.
The percentage of Americans working part time but wanting full-time work is 9.0% in mid-October, up from 8.6% in September, but still better than 9.4% in October 2011.
Despite the increase in the percentage of Americans working part time but wanting full-time work, the underemployment rate declined slightly to 16.3% in mid-October. Gallup’s U.S. underemployment measure combines the unemployed with those working part time but wanting full-time work. The underemployment rate is at its lowest mid-month or monthly level Gallup has measured since it began collecting employment data in 2010.
The decline in unemployment but uptick in the number of Americans working part time but looking for full-time work is likely the result of seasonal hiring, which picks up in the fall for Halloween and continues through the end of the holiday season. Still, seasonally adjusted employment, which accounts for these types of periodic fluctuations, has declined modestly since the end of September. This is a promising sign that employers are adding jobs that will last into the new year.
Gallup’s mid-month unemployment numbers are a good early predictor of the monthly numbers released by the BLS. The decline in Gallup’s unadjusted and adjusted employment rate suggests that the BLS may report another decline when it releases the October data on Nov. 2.
Wait, so mid month during a period showing an uptick in seasonal hiring, the underemployment rate “declined slightly to 16.3% [...] its lowest mid-month or monthly level Gallup has measured since it began collecting employment data in 2010″ — and this is being touted by Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider as a “collapsing unemployment rate”?
Okay, then. Rejoice. Join with Joel in shaking those victory pom-poms. Happy days are here again! The Obama Plan is working!
Now, if we could just figure out what that plan is…