Take the Department of Defense 22 day furlough plan. The plan calls for a 4 day work week for the next 22 weeks. That is obviously a problem for those workers who will lose 20 percent of their pay during that time period. The real insult, however, is the insult to voter's intelligence.
The last thing that Obama wants to see is a massive increase in the unemployment numbers. He can get around that by using this furlough plan instead of outright layoffs. The reason that he can is the way that employment is calculated. If a worker is at a job for just 1 hour a week, that worker is counted as full time employed (see Bureau of Labor definition below). Basically an underemployed worker who falls through the statistical crack.
Once again Obama has hidden the pea under a shell and fooled the voters.