BLS "estimated" that almost 600k part-time workers actually want full-time jobs
Another misunderstanding of the report.
What BLS reported was an INCREASE of 600k part-time workers from the previous month, up from 8.0M to 8.6M. A far different thing. With U-6 unchanged at 14.7% and the labor participation rate upticking a hair, the 600k represent a shift of that many workers from full-time status to part-time status in one month, which no one believes, even though as a back-to-school month, September traditionally sees a significant number of people re-entering part-time work after taking the summer off to oversee kids on vacation from school.
And while the new jobs number is difficult to fudge, based upon the collection method, the unemployment rate is quite easy to manipulate. Remember, the unemployment rate is a joint-venture of the Commerce Dept. and the Labor Dept.
Commerce collects the information from the households and turns the raw numbers over to Labor to create the tables and do the calculations.
It's the Commerce Dept. that has the easy way to manipulate the final figures, without any fraud or cooking of the books, or doing anything illegal.
Bottom line is that Solis can offer no explanation for the increase in the number of employed Americans by 873,000 people in just one month and has not even tried to.