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Why Families are Fed Up

Forget that jobs report: Bo the Miner, others know how we worry about paying bills

As Democrats and their pals in the press continue to celebrate the U.S. Labor Department’s July jobs report, real American families who are struggling to pay their bills and juggle multiple job know better — much better.

“All I know is that my bills keep growing and there is no raise in sight for me,” a veterinary technician in the Boston area told LifeZette. “Those of us who are still looking for second jobs don’t put much stock in numbers. Lots of my friends are Democrats — but I keep reminding them, ‘How has Obama made your life better in the last eight years?'”

“If there has been an improvement in the job market, I’m pretty sure those numbers weren’t from West Virginia,” said Bo Copley.

The jobs report indicated that non-farm payrolls rose by 255,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed steady at 4.9 percent as more people entered the labor market. Also, 18,000 more jobs were reportedly created in May and June than was previously reported.

Real Americans aren’t buying it. “The Democrats have relied on people looking for government assistance for so long. It’s looking like they worry more about government handouts than taking care of people who just want to provide a good living for their families,” Bo Copley, a 39-year-old West Virginia miner, said.

Copley was given the moniker of “Bo the Miner” after he challenged Hillary Clinton on the economy during her West Virginia campaign stop in May.

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“If there has been an improvement in the job market,” he continued, “I’m pretty sure those numbers weren’t from West Virginia.”

Analysts were enthusiastic about the new report. “The July jobs report was everything you could have asked for and more,” crowed Michelle Meyer, a senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as Reuters reported.

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The numbers in the report do not spell good times ahead for the American family. More tellingly, a measure of unemployment that includes people who want to work but have given up the search and those working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job rose one-tenth of a percentage point in July — to 9.7 percent.

Financial expert Dan Celia put the latest numbers into a perspective that American moms and dads struggling to make ends meet can understand.

“First, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are still in a 1978 labor participation rate,” Celia told LifeZette. “Secondly, let’s understand that 2.4 million millennials over the last three years who graduated college are working part-time jobs and/or living at home.”

“The fact that [Trump] won the nomination proves that Americans are fed up,” said Bo Copley.

Temporary help jobs, a harbinger of a future filled with part-time work for Americans, increased by 17,000 jobs. Health care and social assistance payrolls rose by 48,800 jobs, extending the prior month’s hefty gains. This number has risen because so many now need more government assistance.

“Also, we need to remember that if the job numbers are going up, it’s because we sit stalled with the largest part-time labor force in the history of this nation,” said Celia. “Obama’s legacy will be seven straight years of no GDP growth and the largest part-time labor force — at the very same time he has watched poverty rates go up every year since he’s been in office.”

Additionally, about 15 million children in the U.S.  — 21 percent of all American children — live in families that have incomes below the federal poverty threshold, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University.

“Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 44 percent of children live in low-income families,” the NCCP reported. “Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet.”

Trump plans to unveil his economic policy initiatives Monday at the Detroit Economic Club. His plan focuses on “empowering Americans by freeing up the necessary tools for everyone to gain economically,” according to the campaign. Trump has said previously he wants to renegotiate America’s trade deals and bring manufacturing jobs home — both of which would put Americans back to work full-time.

“For too long we have watched as President Obama and Hillary Clinton have ruined our economy and decimated the middle class,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “I am going to be the greatest jobs president our country has ever seen.”

Bo Copley is anxious to hear more from the GOP candidate. “The fact that he won the nomination proves that Americans are fed up. I think he would be better for business — but I am waiting for specific plans to be sure.”

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