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A separate Labor Department survey “indicates 399,000 additional Americans reported working part-time since January, while 153,000 fewer say they had full-time positions,” Mr. Morici said in another analysis. “In large measure, the shift to part-timers is driven by Obamacare mandates and a generally weak economy,” he said.

The growth in low-income, no-benefits, part-time work was all but missing from last week’s much-ballyhooed job headlines. Few if any news media reports noted that the decline in last month’s jobless rate to 7.0 percent was “mostly because furloughed government workers returned to their jobs,” Mr. Morici said.

While 203,000 jobs might sound like a large figure — and it is to a White House accustomed to far less muscular job numbers — it doesn’t measure up to previous recoveries.

It would take 365,000 jobs a month and an economy growing at 4 percent to 5 percent a year to reduce unemployment to 6 percent over the next two to three years.

That’s not going to happened under Mr. Obama’s impotent policies, which call for more government spending, higher taxes and more restrictive business regulations.

Four years into President Reagan’s economic recovery, after a deep recession that drove unemployment to nearly 11 percent, the economy was growing at nearly 5 percent and monthly job-creation numbers were twice as high.

Few Americans fully realize that the government’s job-creation and unemployment numbers come from telephone surveys. Other private-sector surveys are producing data that show unemployment at higher levels than those reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For example, the respected Gallup Poll’s household job survey puts the unemployment rate at 8 percent, a point higher than the government’s figure. Gallup also reports that 17.2 percent of the people they surveyed said they were working part-time or fewer hours and were “underemployed.”

The bottom line is simply this: The once-mighty U.S. economy remains sluggish and undernourished because of this administration’s anti-growth, anti-jobs policies. This will be the No. 1 political issue for Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats when the 2014 midterm election year officially begins in just 20 days.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.