Tell Me WhyMichael Panznerupdated May 04, 2012TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity. I've published three charts (and numerous commentaries) over the past two months that suggested the U.S. labor market (and the economy more generally) is in worse shape than many on Wall Street, in Washington, and in the media would have us believe. In "Not So Encouraging," I highlighted the fact that a relatively sharp deceleration in the rate of productivity growth -- like we've seen recently -- has, except on two occasions over the past five decades, preceded or been associated with a slowdown in the pace of hiring. In "Divergent Reality," I posited that there are only two explanations for the incredible divergence we've seen in recent years. Either 1) the payroll data or sentiment readings are highly suspect (as to which is more likely, I would note that only the former is compiled by the U.S. government); or, 2) the quality of the jobs that many people have nowadays is significantly less than it was before the recession "ended." In "Weak Equals Weak," I noted that five decades of data suggest ("unexpectedly") weak durable goods orders will soon translate into ("unexpectedly") weak employment conditions. And yet, despite these and other warning signs, economists were once again surprised by data -- namely, this morning's jobs report -- that was anything but robust. Tell me again: why are they considered the "experts"? Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.