southbeach1500 saidDefinition of not in the labor force for the ignorant and liberals (perhaps the same thing):
Aw, how cute, and you were only one more click away from not being a total idiot, just an idiot.
All you've done is report on how many people have left the workforce from being in the labor force to being not in the labor force.
In fact, we can study this a bit further, assuming you do not object to study.
Here's the BLS info showing the labor force participation rates from 1948 through todayhttp://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet
Clearly it doesn't stay level. And what might that big bubble be? Well, I'm no economist and I've never studied this before but just to take a quick guess as it starts to rise precipitously in the 1960s, could that maybe be the boomers coming into working age? With married women coming into the workforce in the 1970s or so? And now it is decreasing perhaps because of retirement of that cohort?
So if you have more people in the labor force, who, say, in any particular year all decide to become students, or caretakers for their elderly parents, then they in that year leave the labor force, well duh, and become part of the not in the labor force group. You see how that works?
With the ageing of the baby boomers, 10,000 people per day, not all, as some remain in the labor force, but a significant portion leave the labor force, they retire and become part of the group not in the labor force.
At 10,000 a day, if you look at your 2009 to here numbers, that's 10,000 x 365 x 5 leaving the workforce naturally. Or did Obama age all 18,250,000 of them? He must be exhausted!
So the labor force as a percentage of the population during this period is naturally decreasing by attrition, not anything, as you seem to be indicating, anyone has to feel some contrition about.
Source: common sense
For the most current charts dated Aug 1, 2014http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cps_charts.pdf
It is a very different thing to say the job picture looks bleak because of people leaving the workforce (due to, perhaps, retirement) then it would be to cite the number on job losers, those who lost their jobs without having retired.
And here's the graphs on that...http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServletJob losers and persons who completed temporary jobs