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No, Obamacare Isn’t Creating A Part-Time Economy

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By Sy Mukherjee

Politicians and media figures opposed to Obamacare regularly insist that the health law is creating a part-time economy. But independent analyses and monthly employment data reveal that claim to be false.

The monthly jobs report that was released on Tuesday found that the U.S. economy had added 148,000 jobs in September and that the national unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent. And as University of Michigan economics professor Justin Wolfers pointed out on Twitter, the report also found that the economy has been adding full time employment while actually shedding part-time jobs.

In fact, full time employment rose by over 1.6 million between September 2012 and September 2013. The number of people saying they worked a part-time job for economic reasons — such as part-time work being the only kind available — fell by nearly 700,000 in that same time period. Michael R. Strain, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, tweeted out the trend in graph form with the caption, “Not much evidence of Obamacare’s part-time America here”:

ndeed, if the Affordable Care Act really were forcing businesses to cut back to more part-time workers, you would expect to see the exact opposite trend.

That isn’t to say part-time work hasn’t seen a rise during certain points of the recession. As Ben Casselman of the Wall Street Journal points out, “[p]art-time employment fell in late 2012, then rebounded in early 2013.” But now part-time employment has dropped for two consecutive months, leading Casselman to conclude that “even if the upward trend resumes, it’s doubtful that the health law is to blame.”

The hard numbers confirm earlier studies showing that very few employers have actually cut workers’ hours because of the health law. In fact, a September survey of chief financial officers found that American companies actually intend to increase their ranks of full-time workers by nearly two percent over the next 12 months, even as Obamcare’s mandate that large companies provide basic health benefits to their full-time employees goes into effect.


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gacpl commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 15:31 PM

Sy Mukherjee is a Health Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org a very liberal group. nothing but lies. not to mention there's a big difference between a blogger and a reporter.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 15:50 PM

@Gacpl-Fox news is a very conservative news station but you follow them. In fact Fox has been caught reporting false information for years-I have found over 10 credible sources that have exposed their lies in the past week alone. Don't lecture me about facts and truth. I've sat back and watch you people post nothing but hate and lies over the past week. That's why the Republicans approval ratings are at the lowest in history because of people in the south-that think like you.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 16:19 PM

@gacpl-seems that every outlet is on board with ThinkProgress story...um...you don't say.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met...

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 17:21 PM

seen they pushed back the employer mandate for a year most places are trying to change the full time to part time make up of their companys by attrition. if you read the help wanted adds you will see a trend of offering 20-30 hours top. for every full time employee that leaves they are replacing them with 2 part timers. restaurants and banks locally have already started down that path. the full effect wont be seen until it's too late.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 18:44 PM

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