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Number of ‘Involuntary’ Part-Time Workers Jumps 332K in June

From CNSNews.com – The number of Americans employed part time for economic reasons (involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million from May to June, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

“These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job,” said the news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the Obama administration prepares to roll out the Democrats’ health-insurance-for-all plan in 2014, many businesses have warned that they will keep their payrolls below 50 full-time workers to avoid penalties imposed by the law.

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 or more employees working 30 or more hours a week are required to offer health insurance coverage to workers or face heavy fines. Many small businesses owners have warned that they would trim their payrolls or hire part-time workers to keep their companies under the 50 full-time employee threshold to avoid the penalties.

The Obama administration on July 2 announced it would delay for one year the so-called employer mandate – the requirement that employers of 50 or more provide health insurance coverage or face penalties.

Republicans have long been warning about the “job-killing” effects of Obamacare, and some say the year-long delay for implementation of the employer mandate doesn’t clear up the uncertainty facing businesses.

Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said earlier this week the employer mandate will destroy jobs, regardless of when it’s implemented.

“If anything, this decision exacerbates the confusion and uncertainty employers’ face, and serves as further confirmation this flawed law is a ‘train wreck.’ In fact, jobs are already being lost and workers’ hours slashed because of the president’s health care law. No amount of bureaucratic tinkering can ease the pain ObamaCare is inflicting on our nation’s workplaces.”

Overall, 195,000 Americans were added to the payrolls in June – far fewer than the increase in involuntary part-time workers — but that wasn’t enough to move the June unemployment rate from 7.6 percent, where it stood in May.

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PaulE
7 years ago

The one year delay is merely to allow the Democrats to get past the 2014 elections before the sh$t hits the fan. At least that’s what Obama, Reid and the other senior Democrats are hoping for. Everything is being driven through the lens of pure politics and maximizing political gain with the hope of returning Nancy Pelosi to leadership in the House and resumption of the Progressive agenda to finish off the United States. Obama stated his top second term goal was returning Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House shortly after his re-election last year.

As to the growth in part-time workers. This one year delay will do nothing to slow that train down. Businesses, whether big or small, do their planning either on 5, 7 or 10 year projections. Since there isn’t any real chance of Obamacare being repealed and all its rules and regulations being rolled back anytime soon (just being brutally honest here), businesses will continue to make adjustments to workers’ hours to minimize the negatives effects of Obamacare on their businesses. Do to otherwise would frankly be irresponsible to protecting the long-term viability those businesses.

Is Obamacare destroying the standard of living for tens of thousands of people each month? Absolutely! Will the United States take on more and more of the fractured employment characteristics of the failed social democracies of southern Europe as we continue to replicate many of their progressive policies here? Yes to that too. You can’t copy all of the failed policies of socialism, one after the other, and somehow expect our country will escape unscathed. Reality doesn’t work that way. If the Progressives (Socialists) here get their way and copy all the same failed socialist policies that have led to the stagnation and virtual bankruptcy of much of southern Europe here, then we will ultimately look exactly like those countries.

The only question left is are there enough people left in this nation that won’t stand for that when it’s time to vote? To me, the answer is it’s a toss up at this point. Endless meaningless calls for impeachment or repeal of Obamacare, when we don’t have the necessary votes in both houses of Congress to get either done, are just a waste of time. We don’t need symbolic votes designed to simply generate campaign contributions. We need to save the nation from being completely trashed in the names of “social justice” and so-called “fairness”.

Lee
7 years ago

The law of unintended consequences.

So let’s see. Your job gets cut back from 40 hours to 28 hours. Are you still a full time worker or part time? You have to go out and get a part time job to make up for the hours and wages you’ve lost. Your part time job will probably be at less pay. So you’ll be working more hours for less pay. No overtime for 2 part time jobs but you’re working 8 more hours giving that you can get a 20 hour part time job. (When I had part time jobs they were usually 20 hours). Maybe some of those hours will be on the weekends. Maybe you’ll lose some additional benefits that are not provided for part time workers. Like paid vacation and a retirement plan.

So you’ll work more, for less money, maybe 7 days a week, with no vacation and no employer retirement plan. But look at the bright side. You won’t be able to spend any time with your family and you’ll still have to buy health insurance! Ahh, the American Dream!

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