There is the schism of America’s workforce since the NBER-defined official end of the recession in June 2009 into the “haves”, or those above 55, who have been able to get a job since the end of the recession, and the “have nots”, or all those in the labor force who have not been able to find a job. So how does this data look when extended to the beginning of Obama’s term, or the 46 full months starting with his inauguration in January 2009, and continuing through the latest, October 2012 data point. The chart is presented below; you decide.
“The Recovery Spreads” over age groups notes Floyd Norris
A year ago, the jobs recovery outlook was gray. From October 2010 to October 2011, the economy added 1.2 million jobs, according to the non-seasonally adjusted figures from the household survey. All of the net gain, and a little more, was in the over-55 age category.
There were also gains among the youngest workers, 16 to 24 years old. But the number of people with jobs in the prime working years — 25 to 54 — actually fell, by 683,000.
Over all, more than two-thirds of the added jobs went to people over 60. It should be no surprise that there was a lot of doubt about whether there really was a recovery.
Over the last 12 months, the story has been different. First, the recovery has accelerated. There were 3.1 million more jobs shown in the household survey released Friday than in the October 2011 survey, and one million of them were in the prime-age category. Workers over the age of 60 still got one-third of them, but two-thirds went to younger workers…