International Labor Organization wrote:The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force.
International Labor Organization wrote:Normally, the labor force of a country (or other geographic entity) consists of everyone of working age (typically above a certain age (around 14 to 16) and below retirement (around 65) who are participating workers, that is people actively employed or seeking employment. People not counted include students, retired people, stay-at-home parents, people in prisons or similar institutions, people employed in jobs or professions with unreported income, as well as discouraged workers who cannot find work.
Look at that for a second. Not only do your figures not add up, but even if they did, your category of neither employed nor unemployed includes people who are "discouraged" and cannot find work for the last 4 weeks. In other words, they are not only unemployed, they are also too lazy to even look for work.
That pretty much sums up what an OWS person is.
cfimages wrote:Start taxing the rich appropriately.
And by this, you mean start punishing hard work and success? You know, in 2011 there were a record number of Americans who renounced their citizenship? If Obama has his way and dividend tax goes to parity with income, then expect that number to rise even more and for even more capital to move somewhere else. That's not going to help the situation when a huge chunk of the available investable money in the country up and goes elsewhere.