True US Unemployment Rate is 31.4%

True US Unemployment Rate is 31.4%

I find it curious that the US the government tallies the unemployed and does not add in those on welfare.  Why?

During the window of unemployment entitlements individuals are counted; however, once the term of unemployment benefits ceases, such unemployed are nolonger counted by the US Department of Labor.  Where did they go?  Did they go to live with a family member.  Or most likely, if without a job, they have moved on to the welfare system. Some maybe partially employed.   My question, why don’t we count welfare recipients as unemployed? What is the true number?

Part of the problem with accounting the number of recipients on welfare programs is the programs are scattered over different federal agencies, such as U.S. Social Security Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture , as well as in combination with State agencies. For example:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), succeeded the Food Stamp Program, that provides money for food to low-income persons using a specialized debit-card system known as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), which replaced the stamps. 39.68 million recipients as of February 2010.
U.S. Social Security Administration
Retirement Insurance Benefits (abbreviated RIB) or Old-age Insurance Benefits are a form of social insurance payments made by the U.S. Social Security Administration paid based upon the attainment of old age (62 or older).
- Supplemental Security Income (or SSI) is a United States government program that provides stipends to low-income persons who are either aged (65 or older), blind, or disabled.
– Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), succeeded the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, providing cash assistance to poor American families with dependent children through the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
– Medicare is a  government program that provides health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria.
– Medicaid is the United States health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources, including U.S. citizens and resident aliens, low-income adults and their children, and people with certain disabilities.

Internal Revenue Service
- Unemployment insurance is a federal-state program jointly financed through federal and state employer payroll taxes.
– Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), which authorizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect an annual federal employer tax, at a rate of 6.2%, used to fund state workforce agencies costs of administering the Unemployment Insurance and Job Service programs in all states. FUTA pays one-half of the cost of extended unemployment benefits (during periods of high unemployment) and provides for a fund from which states may borrow money.

The US Department of Labor should include those who are unemployed and those who are on welfare to arrive at an accurate number of unemployed; rather than the politically convenient paired down current counting scheme.

64.3 Million Americans receive entitlements (2008).  Now add in those receiving unemployment at 30 Million in (2010).

Grand total is 94.3 Million or (31.4%) of the total US population.  This is an estimate but it is very different from the politically correct number reported (9%) .

See Department of Labor Annual Percentage of Unemployed


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  1. There is no incentive for those on Welfare to get off welfare. The “haves” continue to pay into the program, while the Welfarians are incentivized to procreate more children who will ultimately end up in the same program. The “tax rate” of the “haves” continues to increase with hidden taxes – fuel tax, airport tax, rental car tax, etc. If you have enough money to enjoy the luxuries that life brings, there are hidden taxes everywhere you look.

  2. Wow a lot of those on welfare also pay taxes. They pay social security taxes, medicare taxes, car registeration fees, car inspection fees, taxes on gasoline for their cars, tariffs on food they buy even though it is not shown on the sticker price, they pay for car licences, property taxes, hunting and fishing licenses, They have taxes on every bill they have. The difference is they have less of an education and are paid less. They paid at least 50% in hidden taxes as does the middle class. They live in poorer areas and often have children or elderly parents to care for. They do manual labor and some don’t get paid their true value because they have never been taught to negoiate their incomes.

    Though more and more college educated people are finding it harder and harder to find work. Our government has people where they want them. Dependent on the government from cradle to grave and step out of line be punished with harsher taxes.

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