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Obamacare Effect On Jobs: Part-Time Outgains Full-Time As Businesses Scale Back

July 8, 2013 by  

Obamacare Effect On Jobs: Part-Time Outgains Full-Time As Businesses Scale Back

The unemployment rate in the United States for the month of June dallied at 7.6 percent, a number attended by the reported addition of 360,000 new part-time jobs — a record high. Such a big jump was hailed at the White House as a sign that the economy continues to benefit from the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

What the numbers really show is that full-time, “quality” jobs are being supplanted on a massive scale as companies steady their workforce numbers ahead of the implementation of Obamacare. The labor force lost 240,000 full-time jobs in June, continuing a trend that has seen 557,000 part-time jobs in the United States outpace the comparatively paltry 130,000 new full-time positions since the first of the year.

Thank Obamacare, which mandates businesses employing more the 50 people to contribute toward health coverage for anyone who’s been hired to work more than 30 hours per week — or face paying per-employee penalties to the government (via the Internal Revenue Service).

Alan Kreuger, who chairs President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, spun the numbers to persuade the media the President was a visionary whose grand plan to get the economy back on track was destined to succeed.

“In the four years since the recession ended in June 2009, the economy has added 5.3 million jobs, thanks to the resilience of the American people and policies like the Recovery Act, which helped bring the recession to an end and put us on the path to recovery,” said Kreuger, who characterized the spectacular turnaround as “further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • shadow1776

    Yeah, he said he would create , he just didn’t tell you that the hours would be half of someone elses. They have really hurt this country.! Even if we get rid of the Evil in our Government, it would take 20 yrs. Or more to fix the mess that those criminals that call themselves politicians have made.

    • Brad n TX

      You are correct, everything they have done under this administration will have a life long threat to many of us. It will out last 50 and older lives with an economy that will never change in their life time. Younger prople will have less ability to get high paying jobs and further the slump to all time highs. Could take multiple generations to get back where we were in 2008 when this knuckle head(dick head) took office in 2009

      • Joe

        He took office in 2007…. as a congressional senator …. He voted for what he inherited…..

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  • Tommy cunningham

    The enumeration of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people . That is the 9th amenent, what it means is even thought the goverment can lay a direct tax on income thru 16th amendment is that they cannot therefor utilize it to take other rights retained by the people, such as your right not to purchase health insurance . Once the government implements Obamacare the average citizens can sue when the IRS starts punishing us thru its “fines” thru new tax law if dont participate! The 9th amendment was added for a reason and is often overlooked. The government can’t use certain powers and construe them deny or disparage others retained by the people such as the tax for not participative in this screwed up healthcare law. It also violates the 10th as healthcare is not mentioned in Constitution, so it is not enumerated nor prohibited by Constitution , therefor it is reserved to the states respectively or to the people. The whole Constitution applies, can’t base argument on just one “16th” amendment, if that was the case, night as well junk the rest and just leave the 16th as government is all powerful if only one applies and can do anything it wants.

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