Guest post by Doug Ross of Doug Ross @ Journal
One the one hand, the Obama administration has formally dismissed all of the copious evidence that Obamacare is destroying jobs.
On the other hand, the Obama administration’s own Labor Department has released statistics that illustrate the unfolding economic catastrophe. Jed Graham explains:
Workers in low-wage industries clocked the shortest average workweek on record in July, new Labor Department data show.
The 29 million non-managerial workers in private-sector industries which pay up to about $14.50 per hour, on average, put in a 27.4-hour week, a level previously matched only at the depths of the recession in 2009.
As the recovery began that summer, average weekly hours staged a recovery that erased most of the recession’s decline. But the workweek recovery began to reverse in early 2012, and the drop-off has accelerated in 2013 — just as the onset of ObamaCare’s employer mandate created new incentives for employers to restrict workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.
…in industries for which ObamaCare’s coverage mandates could mean substantial new costs — those in which wages are low and the ranks of the uninsured tend to be high – something is seriously depressing the workweek.
…the average workweek for such firms has fallen to a record low of 27.3 hours from 28.6 hours in March 2010, when ObamaCare became law.
But according to White House spokesman Jay Carney, all of these statistics are just “anecdotes”.
Gee, I wonder why the big three networks haven’t picked up on this major human interest story? The poorest, most put-upon workers in America are being crushed by Obamacare.
Not. News. Repeat: Not. News.