Well, there are figures and then there are figures...
"The Labor Department has been collecting this since 1968, a time when only 13.5% of US employees were part-timers. That number peaked at 20.1% in January 2010. The latest data point, going almost four years later, is only modestly lower at 19.0%, donw from 18.9% last month."
I guess the peak in 2010 was 20% part-timers and it's way, way down to 19% now...wow! And here we have the Department of Labor Statistics..I like the part about "involuntary" part-times though. Only 7.3 "involuntary" part-timers last month. Goes to show the economy is booming with this administration's policies. The January unemployment rate decreased, probably because they didn't count the 2.6 million "marginally attached" persons because they didn't look for jobs in the four weeks before the report. Yep, there are figures and then there are figures, sure enough. Looks to me like nothing much has changed from a year ago.
"The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) fell by 514,000 to 7.3 million in January. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to
find full-time work. (See table A-8.)
In January, 2.6 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)
Among the marginally attached, there were 837,000 discouraged workers in January, about unchanged from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.8 million persons
marginally attached to the labor force in January had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)