Since the Passage of “Obamacare,” the Vast Majority of Jobs Created Have Been Full-Time

obamasmilingWhile Republicans like to say the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has been a “jobs destroyer,” reality just doesn’t seem to support their rhetoric.

The most recent evidence of this comes in the way of a comment made by Alan Krueger, the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers who stated that, “Since the Affordable Care Act passed, 90 percent of job growth has been in full-time positions.”

Which Politifact rated as “True.”

According to the research Politifact pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the agency responsible for tracking jobs) of the nearly 6 million jobs we’ve created from March 2010-July 2013, 87% of them have been full-time positions.  That translates to nearly 5 million full-time jobs and barely 700k part-time jobs.

Now, there is a flip-side to this article that’s not all good news for “Obamacare” supporters.  Politifact also found that a Republican claim that many of the jobs for 2013 have been part-time is true as well.  Though, that represents a 7-month window out of over 40, so one would have to be reaching to say that 2013’s numbers are an indication of our overall job creation.

Especially when you consider that even when you factor in 2013’s jobs numbers, 87% of the jobs we’ve created have still been full-time positions.

And don’t tell me that the spike in part-time employment this year is linked to the further rollout of “Obamacare.”  The Affordable Care Act was signed into law over 3 years ago, with these employers knowing what was coming—yet 87% of jobs have still been full-time.

None of these companies really expected the law to be repealed (and even the House Republicans who’ve voted 40 times to try and do just that knew it would remain the law of the land) so it wouldn’t make any sense to try and argue that part-time positions are rising due to the “anticipation” of the impact of “Obamacare.”

Because these people already knew the law was in place.  If they weren’t going to hire full-time positions as a result of the law, then the last three years wouldn’t show that 87% of jobs we’ve created were full-time positions.

And let’s not forget, the first half of this year we saw our greatest job growth for that span of time since 1999.

These facts are of course nothing Republicans want to hear.  Because like most of the jobs statistics over the last 3+ years, the numbers simply don’t support the rhetoric coming from Republicans and the right-wing media.

Then again, that’s what happens when your political ideology is based on what you want  to be real as opposed to actual reality.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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