The US adult population is composed of three groups: (1) The Employed, (2) The Unemployed and the (3) Not in the labor market. Yet the calculation for unemployment under the Obama Administration ONLY considers the employed and unemployed. The largest growing segment of the adult population since 2008 isn't employed or unemployed its NOT IN THE LABOR MARKET! See below you are considered "Not in Labor Force" if a person stops looking for work but are available for work. This means not a person who is now disabled or retired. "Stop looking" is measured when someones unemployment checks run out! These people are still unemployed, they are actually worse off the the official unemployed receiving checks from the government. Yet the Obama administration thinks it's wise to take them out of the unemployment numbers, so they can toss up a bullshit number showing unemployment has decreased! True the 'Not in the Labor Market' can be for various reasons, but the vast majority of Americans are getting lumped in there because their unemployment benefits have run out and they can't find a job. This segment has grown by leaps and bounds since Obama has taken office. It's growth is the only reason the bullshit unemployment number isn't in the teens or glup 20s! The get knocked out of the number FOR POLITICAL REASONS! However, most people aren't buying it! Only partisan hacks do. This chart shows the stagnant growth in the labor market, regardless of the propaganda pelted by the Obama administration on unemployment levels! Three way to calculate the labor force!