The continuing trend of one-third of Americans supporting the other two-thirds.
The rate of increase in each of these categories is growing much faster than the rate of growth in the population suggesting something else is going on. The unemployment rate on the surface looks to be much healthier than it is because you are removing millions of Americans from being counted.
This isn’t a political statement but a simple math issue. You have one-third of Americans supporting the other two-thirds. This is the highest percentage we have seen in this country. It would have seemed impossible to see 100 million Americans being part of the not in the labor force category but the trend is heading there. Back in 2009 alone we had 82 million Americans not in the labor force. In the span of five years we have added 10 million. So should the trend continue, we will hit 100 million by 2020.
Take a look at the numbers: