No, sir. Obamacare and various mandates are having no effect on employment. Just ignore the elephant in the room.
Something odd is happening to the workweek, unpublished data from the Current Population Survey show.
Even as the number of people working has grown by 2.2 million, or 1.6%, over the past year, the number clocking 30 to 34 hours a week has shrunk.
In the second quarter, the number of workers putting in 30 to 34 hours at their primary job fell by a monthly average of 146,500, or 1.4%, from a year earlier.
By comparison, the number working 25-29 hours per week in their primary job rose by 119,000, or 2.7%.
This oddity has an obvious explanation: ObamaCare’s employer mandate applies only to full-time workers, which the law defines as 30 hours per week.
Yeah, I know. The Administration’s defenders claim that the employer mandate is having no effect or only a minor effect on employment. But their confidence is belied by the year-long delay in implementing the employer mandate and the whispers that, if they could get some Republican support, they’d completely repeal the mandate. And IBD tears apart the “study” that proves Obamacare isn’t hurting jobs, pointing out numerous methodological flaws.
And, frankly, the claim that this isn’t happening is ludicrous. Anecdotally, we are hearing numerous stories of businesses cutting hours or cutting benefits in response to Obamacare. We are supposed to believe that these are isolated incidents and not reflective of the broader trend. But IBD is now showing that they are reflective of the broader trend.
We are becoming a part-time country. And it’s becoming pretty clear that we can blame Obamacare for at least some of that. But not to worry. I’m sure the liberals will come up with a solution. Maybe mandating healthcare for even part-time workers. That’ll work, surely.