Now we the American working population
Hate the fact that eight hours a day
Is wasted on chasing the dream of someone that isn't us
And we may not hate our jobs
But we hate jobs in general
That don't have to do with fighting our own causes
We the American working population
Hate the nine-to-five day-in day-out
When we'd rather be supporting ourselves
By being paid to perfect the pastimes
That we have harbored based solely on the fact
That it makes us smile if it sounds dope
excerpt from 9-5ers Anthem, found on Labor Days.
This is why "labor statistics" and economists touting "jobs growth" is irrelevant.
It's not the jobs themselves that matter, unless you only define life through what your income lets you buy.
Hey, maybe that's all economists care about? Gosh, how could that be?
Could it be that economists themselves only value themselves and their lives by counting their accoutrements and gewgaws and gadgets and trinkets and festoonery distributed generously throughout their home, their workspace, their motor vehicles?