Unemployment rate drops to 8.1% and it's not a good thing

Unemployment numbers were released today, revealing a drop from 8.3% to 8.1%. But, is that really accurate? Or have so many people given up on finding a job that the participation rate has skewed the report? This morning on radio, Glenn discussed the jobs report and gave you the information behind the report that this administration doesn't want you to know.

"The number of unemployed is actually up," Glenn told listeners this morning.

Why?

Glenn explained that the participation rate is down, which creates the illusion that more people have found work than really have. In other words, if people hadn't given up on looking for work and turned to government assistance, the unemployment rate would reveal 11.2% unemployment - but to be included in the unemployment numbers, you have to actively be seeking work.

"Food stamps have literally gone through the roof," Glenn reminded listeners. "If the same number of people were looking for work as they were under George W. Bush, if they hadn't dropped out and just gone on to food stamps, that number now would be at 11.2%."

And even that number is likely to be skewed. After Jimmy Carter, the way the unemployment numbers were calculated changed. The real number could be 16% or even higher.

"They're going to tout this as a good thing," Glenn said.

But if that were true, Ben Bernanke and the Fed wouldn't be discussing printing more money right now.

James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute explained in a recent blog:

"This was not the employment report either American workers of the Obama campaign were hoping for. It shows the U.S. labor market remains in a deep depression, generating few jobs and little if no income growth."

A few of the unsettling details that AEI shares are that non-farm payrolls increased by 96,000 in August (well below expectations), average job growth per month is down from last year, and, like Glenn noted, the participation rate is plummeting.

In fact, according to Reuters, the participation is at its lowest level since September 1981.

"If the labor force participation rate was the same as when Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate would be 11.2%. If the participation rate had just stayed the same as last month, the unemployment rate would be 8.4%."

 

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Recently on The Glenn Beck Program, Stu explained what President Obama said unemployment numbers would under his policies...and what they really are - WATCH:

In the president's speech last night at the DNC, he didn't seem to have a change of plans or policies for his second term, so it's likely another four years of this administration would mean another four years of, at best, a stagnate economy.

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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