I’ve already vented my spleen at enough of the powers-that-be today, so this re-post can go up pretty well without comment. I can’t even remember which blogger first recommended it, but at least a couple of places have already pointed this out as a good read, and Doom is happy to expose the first couple of charts above the fold here.
The author does do a good job on the old Birth Death Model 😉
The ‘headline number’ is the seasonally adjusted net change in jobs. The drop out of the range that was held in the prior years is obvious on this chart.
This is the (in)famous Birth Death Model from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in which they add jobs as a ‘plug’ to account for new jobs being generated by the economy from smaller business. The trend is very regular as can be seen on this chart. So regular in fact that it is exposed as imaginary, useless. They do not even bother to trend it with the overall economy and jobs market. The only good thing that can be said about it is that it is added to the non-adjusted jobs number first, so its effects are swallowed up by the seasonal adjustment in many months.
This chart shows the drop off in jobs growth was precipitous. We believe that it was much less precipitous ex government fudging. The recessionary decline was masked by the government. Well, its obvious now.
It always good to remind ourselves of the huge swings in jobs numbers before the seasonal adjustments. It is those adjustments, and the huge revisions made to the series both in the prior month and in whole sections of the numbers, that hide a multitude of statistical sins.
This chart shows the peak in the economy, and the beginning of the decline. As one can see it was not the sudden onset of the housing collapse that brought down the economy. Rather, it was the rot underneath the foundations of the economy that triggered the housing collapse, and all the other Ponzi schemes that are now collapsing.
Fixing the ‘housing problem’ will not fix the rot in the economy, which was papered over by the Fed’s reflation starting in 2003. But there is a lot of money to be made by a lot of people in that fix, so we can expect a signficant amount of graft and waste before the real work begins.
Here is another view of the Jobs Trend that nicely demonstrates the rise off the bottom of the economy as a result ofthe Fed reflationary efforts, first under Greenspan and then Bernanke. It was a parabolic bubble which has now collapsed and is declining in a nicely defined parabola. That’s a sixth order polynomial describing the trend.