The government gets to decide what gets included in "inflation". For example, the government does not include food prices, or energy costs (natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline and electricity) insurance premiums and property taxes to measure increases in the cost of living, but just try living without them. The government gets to decide the unemployment rate, but doesn't include those who have exhausted their unemployment compensation benefits, or those who have given up looking for work out of frustration. These folks may not be receiving any income, but they should be happy that the government no longer considers them "unemployed". The real unemployment rate is closer to 15% than to the published 8% the government would have us believe.