As I have pointed out on this board and previous ones, the US government is not to be trusted when reporting on employment, unemployment or the size of the labor pool. It does not take a genius to look at the manipulation of data like the US government does to know that it is totally bogus. Consider that Unemployment Insurance claims are a set number of new people who file each week. The US government takes those set numbers of newly unemployed people who have filed and manipulates the numbers all around and then makes statements that are outrageous about trends in employment and unemployment and jobs lost and so on. It is all crap from the government as you can see if you look at the raw data and then read the official reports from the DOL . The Labor Pool is another convoluted mound of crap from the DOL. All somebody has to do is point you towards the manipulation and you can see through all the lies. Let's just pick a point in time and take the number for the labor pool. We are coming up on October, so we will pick that and go back about six years or so. In October of 2003 the Labor Pool was listed by the DOL as 146,716,000. On an average month, about 150,000 people join the labor pool in excess of those who die or retire or..., so in six years (72 months) the Labor Pool should have grown by 10,800,000. If you add the numbers you will find that based upon the current size of the labor pool the DOL lost about five million people in six years. Where did they go? Your guess is as good as mine. The government numbers never add up. Never have and never will. The DOL would have you believe that they decided that the lazy laggards really did not want to work after all, and are thus no longer counted. Really? Half of the people who started out looking for work????????? If you want to run the numbers for 12 years you will clearly see how stupid the current numbers for our "labor pool" really are. And to think, they have been duping the American public for the past half century!!!!! You can not trust our government on this issue.