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Believe it – Employment Numbers Were Ginned

coveyrise Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 8:26 AM
Fixing unemployment is simple. If you don't have a job and you're looking for work you are UNEMPLOYED. If you don't have a job and you've given up looking for one you are NOT UNEMPLOYED. All Obama needs is for more people to GIVE UP and the UNEMPLYMENT NUMBER plummets. See how easy that is?
Zdravko Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 12:02 PM
Not necessarily given up: it is enough to run out of unemployment benefits to be excluded from the available workforce.
LAPhil Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 8:43 AM
The actual percentage of the total number of unemployed is about 14.7%.

A couple weeks ago, this column analyzed the inflation rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and concluded that you should rely on your common sense when the government reports questionable statistics. If they don’t make sense based on what you see, experience, and hear from your friends, then they’re probably wrong. Last week’s unemployment number – which decreased to a still-dismal 7.8% – should not only make no sense to you, but should have never made sense to the BLS and therefore should never have been issued.

So am I just popping off or is there...