Last month, I derided Jay Carney’s denial that employers have begun to avoid full-time employees and use more part-time employees, due to Obamacare. Carney claimed, “The data reflects that there is not support for the proposition…”
The July government employment report released Friday showed…that part-time work accounted for almost all the job growth that’s been reported over the past six months…
“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,” said Keith Hall, a senior researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “That is really remarkable.”
…Over the past six months…the Household Survey shows 963,000 more people reporting that they were employed, and 936,000 of them reported they’re in part-time jobs.
Other articles say that it isn’t 97%, it’s only 77%. But either way, the Obama ‘recovery’ has shown a truly unprecedented skew to part-time employment. By the government’s own data.
The next question is, why? Is that skew because of the incentive (to use part-time workers) that arises from Obamacare’s employer mandate?
As I explained earlier: even if a formal study hasn’t been done yet, the anecdotal (i.e., first-hand) reports of Obamacare’s mandate causing it are so widespread among businesses that even the Federal Reserve has noticed. Anecdotal evidence isn’t proof, but it can be indicative. The proposition may not be proven, but only a paid liar-for-Obama would refuse to consider it seriously, Mr. Jay Carney.
Over at Forbes, Chris Conover considers the proposition seriously, including lefties’ criticisms. Good reading. His conclusion is like mine: Maybe the proposition hasn’t been proven yet in a study…but, come on: it’s early days, there is both logic and evidence for it in plenty, and the counter-arguments rest on “weak reeds”.
Bonus items, as long as we’re talking about jobs:
- Obama is happy to hand out Obamacare waivers to people that he needs to reward, court or buy off; now including Capitol Hill.
- Hundreds of millions invested in “green jobs training”: still nothing to show for it.
- By some calculations, 40% of American workers make less than the 1968 minimum wage, in real terms. Not that I favor raising the minimum wage, but it shows how far we’ve fallen.
UPDATE: More data.
Something odd is happening to the workweek…Even as the number of people working has grown by 2.2 million, or 1.6%, over the past year, the number clocking 30 to 34 hours a week has shrunk…By comparison, the number working 25-29 hours per week in their primary job rose…This oddity has an obvious explanation: ObamaCare’s employer mandate applies only to full-time workers, which the law defines as 30 hours per week.
RTWT, for details.