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Stephen Green


June 6, 2013 - 8:28 am


That’s Gallup, who adds:

Year-over-year comparisons are helpful in determining the degree to which monthly changes are the result of growth in permanent full-time positions rather than temporary seasonal hiring. The decline in P2P versus 2012 indicates that fewer people worked full-time for an employer this May compared with a year ago. The 43.9% found this May is similar to the 43.7% recorded in 2011 and 44.0% in 2010.

Gallup’s P2P metric is an estimate of the percentage of the U.S. adult population aged 18 and older who are employed full time by an employer for at least 30 hours per week. P2P is not seasonally adjusted.

As ObamaCare kicks in, the amount of money flowing out of Washington will grow. But the proportion of workers with even just parttime jobs keeps shrinking.

This will end badly.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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The graph doesn't look that scary. It shows employment down the last month and the last year but it looks like noise to my human eye, not a scary trend.

On the other hand, my house experienced Obama in a personal way last week. My mother-in-law works as a personal trainer at the local YMCA and was told she must stop working as much as she had because she was crossing the line into "full time" employment which would force her employer to start providing insurance. She doesn't expect insurance, she just wants to work!

Now imagine she was producing food or health care or something more viscerally important than personal training. Here's a government rule preventing the production of goods because the government presumes to know better than one of its citizens and her employer.
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