Government + Social Assistance Accounted for Nearly 60% of Job Growth in 2023

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via Mike Shedlock:

The welfare state is booming along with social assistance for illegal immigrants.

Jobs data from the BLS, chart by Mish

Welfare State Surge 2022 vs. 2023

  • Government: 5.74% 2022 vs 24.92% 2023
  • Social Assistance: 16.31% 2022 vs 34.11% 2023
  • Government + Social Assistance: 22.04% 2022 vs 59.02% in 2023

Government employment and Social Assistance at the state level is surging. Much of it can be attributed to the surge in illegal immigration.

A portion of healthcare jobs, perhaps a large portion, is demographics. Boomers are getting older. Medicare needs and assistance needs are rising for this reason as well.

Change in Government and Social Assistance Jobs

Jobs data from the BLS, chart by Mish

Government + Social Assistance and Health Is Over 100% of Job Creation in 3 States

December state level numbers are not available in the current jobs report, but through November, Government + Social Assistance and Health Is Over 100% of Job Creation in 3 States

Does anyone think this is sustainable? If so, for how long?

Jobs Up 216,000 But Employment Down 683,000

For discussion of the December jobs report please see Jobs Up 216,000 But Employment Down 683,000 Job Revisions -71,000

The decline in full time employment in December was over 1.5 million.

Debt Jumps Past $34 Trillion, $1 Trillion Interest, Another Budget Showdown Looms

Finally, please note Debt Jumps Past $34 Trillion, $1 Trillion Interest, Another Budget Showdown Looms

Lost in the wake of debt topping $34 trillion is another budget showdown. Will this showdown be like all the other Republican capitulations? And what about the chants of hyperinflation?

For discussion of the debt ceiling and what I expect will happen, please click on the preceding link.

 

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