In January 2008, 146,378,000 Americans 16 and over were employed, and now in January 2014, 145,224,000 are employed, a difference of 1,154,000.
91,455,000 Americans 16 or older did not participate in the nation’s labor force in January, meaning they neither held a job nor actively sought one. That’s a 353,000 decline from December, but 172,000 more than November.
The national labor force participation rate — the share of Americans who had a job or were actively looking for one — ticked up to 63 percent in January, from 62.8 percent in December.
In January, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian non-institutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military, a nursing home or other institution, reached 246,915,000 (number not seasonally adjusted). Of those, 155,460,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.
The 155,460,000 who participated in the labor force equaled only 63.0 percent of the 246,915,000 civilian non-institutional population.
Another 91,455,000 Americans did not participate in the labor force. These Americans did not have a job and were not actively trying to find one.
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Several House Republicans have introduced a proposal that would require food stamp recipients to show photo identification when making purchases — a move they say is necessary to prevent fraud in the program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.
Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the SNAP Verify Act, which would require individuals who receive acceptance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to present a photo ID when buying products at stores that accept food stamp recipients.
“My bill simply requires the photo identification of authorized users of SNAP electronic benefit cards at the point of transaction,” Salmon said in a statement. “With over $750 million in SNAP card and food trafficking fraud each year, it is time Congress take action to address the rampant waste in this program.”
Salmon said conducting effective oversight for the program has proven difficult as food stamp spending grows. He cited a Government Accountability Office report showing that $2.2 billion in benefits were erroneously handed out in 2009 alone.
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In a speech during Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast, “President Barack Obama” acknowledged, “It’s also clear that around the world, freedom of religion is under threat.”
“No society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all its people, including religious minorities,” he added later.
However, the real Obama has been harshly criticized by the Catholic church and civil liberties organizations concerned that Obamacare mandates that organizations provide their employees free access to contraceptives through their health care plans, even if their religious faith calls contraception a sin.
“Each of us is wonderfully made in the image of God- we believe in the inherent dignity of every person,” the Obama clone told the attendees. “No society can truly succeed unless it protects the rights of all of its people.”
“Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess, for killing the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will. In fact, it is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will,” the Obama clone said, “Our concern should not be whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side.”
It is not known at what point the real Obama was replaced with this identical, but obviously, ideological-opposite duplicate.
Republican lawmakers in the House are pushing legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing new regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible.
The Secret Science Reform Act, introduced Thursday by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., would bar the agency from proposing or finalizing rules without first disclosing all “scientific and technical information” relied on to support its proposed action.
“Public policy should come from public data, not based on the whims of far-left environmental groups,” Schweikert said in a statement. “For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions.”
Several of Schweikert’s fellow House Science Committee members have signed onto the bill as co-sponsors, including Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas., Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.
“The American people foot the bill for EPA’s costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly environmental regulations should be based upon publicly available data so that independent scientists can verify the EPA’s claims,” Smith said in a statement.
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