The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% Of American Families, EVERYONE Is Unemployed

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Family Eating MealAccording to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working.  So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh.  One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job.  That is absolutely astonishing.  How can a family survive if nobody is making any money?  Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy.  There is a reason why government dependence has reached epidemic levels in the United States.  Without enough jobs, tens of millions of additional Americans have been forced to reach out to the government for help.  At this point, if you can believe it, the number of Americans getting money or benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.


When I was growing up, it seemed like anyone that was willing to work hard could find a good paying job.  But now that has all changed.  At this point, 20 percent of all the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job.  That includes fathers, mothers and children.  The following is how broke down the numbers…

A family, as defined by the BLS, is a group of two or more people who live together and who are related by birth, adoption or marriage. In 2013, there were 80,445,000 families in the United States and in 16,127,000—or 20 percent–no one had a job.

To be honest, these really are Great Depression-type numbers.  But over the years “unemployment” has been redefined so many times that it doesn’t mean the same thing that it once did.  The government tells us that the official unemployment rate is about 7 percent, but that number is almost meaningless at this point.

A number that I find much more useful is the employment-population ratio.  According to the employment-population ratio, the percentage of working age Americans that actually have a job has been below 59 percent for more than four years in a row…

Employment Population Ratio 2014

That means that more than 41 percent of all working age Americans do not have a job.

When people can’t take care of themselves, it becomes necessary for the government to take care of them.  And what we have seen in recent years is government dependence soar to unprecedented levels.  In fact, welfare spending and entitlement payments now make up 69 percent of the entire federal budget.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels“.

And what is even more frightening is that more families are falling out of the middle class every single day.  As a recent CNN article explained, approximately one-third of all U.S. households are living “hand-to-mouth”.  In other words, they are constantly living on the edge of financial disaster…

About one-third of American households live “hand-to-mouth,” meaning that they spend all their paychecks. But what surprised the study authors is that 66% of these families are middle class, with a median income of $41,000. While they don’t have liquid assets, such as savings accounts or mutual fund holdings, they do have homes and retirement accounts, with a median net worth of $41,000.

“We don’t expect them to be living paycheck to paycheck,” said Greg Kaplan, study co-author and assistant professor of economics at Princeton University.

The American Dream is rapidly becoming an American nightmare.

When I was growing up, I lived in a pretty typical middle class neighborhood.  Everyone had a nice home, a couple of cars and could go on vacation during the summer.  I don’t remember ever hearing of anyone using food stamps or going to a food bank.  In fact, I can’t even remember anyone having a parent that was unemployed.  If someone did leave a job, it was usually quite easy to find another one.

But today, the middle class is being ripped to shreds and according to one new report there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity in 2014.

How can anyone not see what is happening to us?  America is in the midst of a long-term economic decline, but the mainstream media and most of our politicians seem to think that things are better than ever.  They continue to try to convince us that “business as usual” is the right path to take.

But one-fifth of the families in the entire nation are already totally unemployed.

At what point will we finally admit that what we are doing right now is simply not working?

30 percent of all families unemployed?

40 percent?

50 percent?

If we stay on the road that we are on now, things are going to continue to get worse.  Millions more jobs will be shipped overseas, millions more jobs will be replaced by technology and crippling government regulations will kill millions more jobs.  The middle class will continue to shrink and government dependence will continue to rise.

Most people just want to work hard, put food on the table, pay their mortgages and provide a nice life for their families.

But the percentage of Americans that are successfully able to do that just keeps getting smaller.

Wake up America.

Your middle class is dying.

Family Eating Meal

  • K

    If you find that number concerning. That does not count the single folks who are unemployed.

    • Jared Boice

      Sweet Holy Jeebus!

  • Josh

    Are retired people counted in the families not working? Also what about the number of at 58% working some of them are in college etc.. Working age starts at 16. Not saying the governments doesn’t manipulate data just don’t think unemployment is 41%.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I am certainly not saying that the unemployment rate is 41 percent. But what I am saying is that the percentage of Americans that are working is much lower than it used to be.


      • Josh

        What would you say the actual unemployment rate is then. I know there is much more to economic collapse such as low wage jobs being only jobs etc.. but actual unemployment rate what’s the real rate?

        • Hammerstrike

          Something closer to 20% than 8%.

          shadowstats.c o m/ alternate_data/unemployment-charts

    • Cevcinlog

      Honestly, just look at the big picture…. nothing is getting better…. whether or not you use the unemployment rate….

    • Cevcinlog

      Let’s all build a Wallapini

  • Yahno

    My “favorite” bit of news today was hearing how US gasoline is being shipped overseas to the highest bidder, leaving us to pay higher prices. Greedy #*$*(%^(^^!!!

    • beachmike

      You obviously don’t understand anything about economics. Oil & gas are fungible, so prices will tend to rise or fall everywhere on the globe as supply rises and falls. Businessmen SHOULD be able to sell to the highest bidder; this creates efficiency that results in everyone benefiting. You are not “greedy” and have no desire to make a profit when the opportunity arises? Give me a break!

      • Citizen-9444

        “this creates efficiency that results in everyone benefiting”

        You think “efficiency” is transporting a product in a massive machine or pipe around to distant parts of the globe? That’s wastefulness for the sake of maximizing profits. Maximizing profits isn’t about efficiency, it’s about externalizing costs. We, the people, and our planet Earth are the ones paying those costs for maximized corporate profit. (which by the way isn’t trickling down but is pooling up at the top)

  • msm3165

    Wake up America.

    Your middle class is dying.

    Actually, it’s not dying, it’s being killed by the elites.

    • Too True

      Bill Clinton was right when he said the American dream died decades ago, but the middle class is already partly wiped out.

  • John

    Actually, the numbers exceed the Great Depression. Remember, at that time only approximately 125 million people were living in the US. Today we are far north of 300 million. Even 10 percent now would eclipse 20 percent then. Percentage is misleading.

    • Keepitsimple

      The article doesn’t state it but I assume the 20% includes retired seniors. I have no idea what percentage that would be. Do you?

      • beachmike

        Your assumption is incorrect.

  • DJohn1

    We have to change the rules.
    The rule is supposed to be that anyone working has a chance of making a good life for themselves.
    The gamble is if you get sick you do so while you are dead poor.
    Otherwise everything you ever worked for goes up in smoke.
    Most other countries have recognized this. Not us. Most have set up social national health insurance programs to keep that from happening. In their country, a bad illness does not mean the entire family goes broke.

    Savings? How can you save Confederate Money? It is worthless. If money is devaluing as we speak, then saving is worthless. If savings accounts pay next to nothing in interest while banks and credit card companies charge 7-25% interest, what is the point of saving money outside fo the minimum you need to pay your bills and a small amount for emergencies while you switch to welfare.
    The ironic thing is we are paying these other countries to have social medicine with foreign aid.
    The real question is what will it take to change the current system to something that actually works for everyone?
    Michael, you have an incredible mind for detail. Write an article on what needs to be changed to make the system workable.

  • Lorna Faith

    I always find it so interesting that families that are not working seem to keep having children that they can’t afford these days. However, due to the intricacies of welfare, they have found that producing children can be a career in and of itself thanks to the dependency programs. In exchange for producing these babies they are offered more goodies and to the hand outers they represent future voters. America is doomed…get used to it

    • Gylangirl

      This is the cost of unfair policies caused by a male dominant culture:

      Abstinence-only education for teens legally old enough to marry.
      Failure to subsidize or advertise birth control.
      Sexualized content of entertainment music & advertising by corporations.
      Impoverishment by wage suppression of whole generations of families: why “wait to afford” kids if that means never?

    • Too True

      kids are NOT very expensive until college (if they go at all), so that is NOT the issue – the issue is unemployment and low wages.

  • Twidiot1

    Jobs are overrated. Someone can have mine!

  • Strelnikov

    I guess this is what the Obama Cult members meant when they said Obamacare would free us from the burden of working.

  • GSR

    Is it a wonder, when the President is a race hustling, community organizer, with a personal and family background steeped heavily in Marxism and Islam? What a joke Ol’ Jug Ears is.

  • Donald Wilson


    This is all part of the New World Order that will be forced upon America and the rest of the world when the US dollar finally collapse. Once that occurs all hell will break out not only in the USSA but across the planet. When this event finally happens I truly believe all sectors of the so called civilized world will face devastation. The world economy will be destroyed prices for all types of commodities will continue to escalate, tens of millions will starve. This will lead to massive WW3 (possibly nuclear) if that happens all bets are off there won’t be many places left habitable for mankind….The End.

    Bravo Two Zero out…

  • Just sad to see read this article. Most just don’t realize how bad it is right now in America?

  • Gay Veteran

    “…the fake collapse of the USSR and East Bloc….”

    you do realize that almost all of the Soviet occupied countries in Europe are now part of NATO?

    • “you do realize that almost all of the Soviet occupied countries in Europe are now part of NATO?”

      And what does that suggest to you under the rubric of the Communists’ Long-Range Policy, the “new” strategy adopted by all Communist nations in 1960?

      Let me guess…you never heard of the Long Range Policy, nor KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn?

      For more on the “Long-Range Policy”, read KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn’s books, “New Lies for Old” and “The Perestroika Deception” , the only Soviet era defector to still be under protective custody in the West:

      Google:’new lies for old internet archive’

      Google:‘the perestroika deception pdf’

      The following is an excellent brief three-page introduction to Golitsyn and his significance in understanding Communist long-range strategy:

      Google: ‘Through the Looking Glass by Edward Jay Epstein’

      • Gay Veteran

        “…Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification of the collapse of the USSR….”

        like I said, you do realize that almost all of the Soviet occupied countries in Europe are now part of NATO?

        that ALL of those countries have democratically elected governments and multiple elections since the early 1990s

        • “like I said, you do realize that almost all of the Soviet occupied countries in Europe are now part of NATO?”

          I already answered that–you skipped it!

          “that ALL of those countries have democratically elected governments and multiple elections since the early 1990s”

          All political parties, politicians. the “dissident” movement were creations of the intelligence agencies, as tasked by the nations’ Communist Parties.

          • Gay Veteran


  • Watermeloniqua

    Well obviously we need to legalize the illegal invaders because somehow that will help our economy!

  • Too True

    The worst part is that not only are many unemployed (far far more than 7%), but another huge segment of people who ARE employed make LESS than those getting handouts (I know because I’ve been both working and out of work in last few years). I’ve worked for many companies who EASILY could have paid ALL their general workers 30K salaries, instead, paying 18K a year for “full-time” and OT work (meaning you the worker work insane hours that won’t allow you to work any other job). This is the real reason ANGER is showing in people in society. The govt. is a mess but it’s nothing like most of what the private business and corporate sector is doing to people in order TO GET RICH-ER SUPER FAST.

    • mollysdad

      Another bad part of the story is that many people are having further children they wouldn’t be able to afford without a welfare check.

  • Too True

    it’s called INFLATION, and it leads to a huge amount of BAD things

  • O.G Gibby

    What did you expect? Americans elected a Communist to be their president. I have’nt work more than 15 hours a week since 2008, and when I tried to attend school and become a teacher, Hillary, the man hating bitch Clinton, came and tried to kill me. You have Democrats in Congress who don’t know what “12×12” equals, yet some still wonder why our country is in trouble.

  • Steven Veroff

    Let’s put this into perspective. There are about 316,128,839 Americans (on the books LOL) and about 73,728,088 are under 18. So minus another estimated 137,386,000 in total payroll as of December 2013, and you’ve got about 105 million, less maybe 3 million truly disabled. So basically, there are about 100 million Americans aged 118-64 that are unemployed, not counted in the labor force, and eligible and physically able to work. Now, face the fact that the entire global economy is on the verge of total collapse, with the only thing keeping it up is a daily infusion of newly “printed” money. Retards call it quantitative easing. I call it fiat money laundering and its true definition: inflation – increasing the money supply. When that stops folks, the music stops. You say, so what? What’s the biggie? The deal is with our debt being around $17.5 trillion, the interest we ACTUALLY DO PAY to bond holders is approaching $415 billion annually (treasury direct dot org). At the rate we are going, there won’t be enough tax dollars taken in to cover the interest, let alone defense, education, BS foreign aid, etc. It is a simple mathematically exponential problem and the resulting crash will occur. PS, history has proven this time and again at the fall of civilizations.

  • Sad Forever

    The author of this article did not understand the document correctly.

    The 20% of families without a family member employed comes from page 8 of the linked document (

    It’s not 20% of all families, it’s 20% of families with at least one unemployed family member.

  • skirmishdirmisk

    You manipulated the facts. From the same article, the first sentence reads the unemployment rate much lower. In more detail: ”

    The number of families with at least one member unemployed decreased by
    871,000 to 5.6 million in
    2015, and the proportion of families with an unemployed person declined by 1.1 percentage points to 6.9
    Black and Hispanic families
    remained more likely to have an unemployed member in 2015
    (12.0 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively) than White or Asian families (6.0 percent and 5.7 percent,
    (See table 1.)”
    Get real, grow up.