The unemployment numbers seem to be rather questionable. It’s not that there are not some new jobs becoming available, it’s that there are so many jobs still being cut, and so many people still unemployed. Many of the folks have run out of their maximum number of weeks allowed for benefits, so they are no longer filing for unemployment. It is known that when you’re benefits run out, that 30% of the people will find a job within the next month or two. Apparently they put in an all-out effort to actually go out and get a job. Okay so let’s talk about all the factors here with the recent unemployment numbers in December of 2012.MSNBC Money had an interesting article on December 7, 2012 titled; “The Job Market Still Sucks – Another curious payroll report masks the ongoing deterioration,” by Anthony Mirhaydari. I recommend you read that right after completing this article to get a full understanding of some additional issues to consider on this topic.What is unfortunate is that there are so many people who are underemployed, that is to say they have taken jobs well below their skill level, education level, or work experience level. There are also many kids coming out of college, and not all of them are finding jobs. Then there are older folks who are within a decade or so of retirement that probably won’t get hired because they require too much and need benefits, and it’s cheaper for companies and corporations to hire younger folks to replace those types of employees.Also consider this; due to ObamaCare many employers will be hiring people only part-time as to not trigger a need for coverage complying with the onerous terms and costs. Thus, they will need more workers to fill in those additional hours, also part-time labor. So more people are working but each with less than full-time employment, so some workers may hold down 2 or 3 part-time jobs, others only one, but more people statistically will actually be working even if all those people aren’t making ends meet.Apparently, we can’t trust the unemployment numbers anymore. It doesn’t really matter if the number of people who have applied for unemployment insurance has gone down, there are still a huge number of people who aren’t unemployment monies or it has run out and they can’t reapply. Has the economy recovered? Not really, nor should you expect it to. The government has to stop spending eventually, and they also have to raise taxes, all of this will slow down the economy. Not to mention the fact that many of our trading partners have also slowed down – in Europe the ECB expects a GDP growth rate of only 1% in 2013.If our economy is to recover, then we might ask ourselves; exactly how would that be possible? Especially given all the current factors involved, and what’s going on right now in the real world, not in the statistical economic data land of the BLS or Bureau of Labor Statistics. Please consider all this and think on it.