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JOBS: Unemployment figures are deceiving

Letter by Arthur Snider, Tacoma on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm | No Comments »
October 8, 2012 12:41 pm

Re: “Tacoman with experience says jobs reports are gold” (TNT, 10-8).

So John Bregger, a former Bureau of Labor Statistics supervisor, is offended by the suggestion that national unemployment figures are manipulated? According to him, the figure is derived through polls and surveys. For that to have any accuracy at all the information gathered has to be true and accurate in every respect, thus leaving the results open to easy manipulation either way.

So exactly what is wrong with basing the result on actual statistics? To think that the federal government doesn’t manipulate figures or “cook the books” is both ignorant and naive, to say the least.

A perfect example is how the rate of inflation is calculated. We are told that the current rate of inflation is less than 2 percent, but does anyone out there actually believe that?

Many are not aware that when the so-called inflation rate is calculated, food and fuel costs are not included. Have you been to the grocery store or gas station lately? And what is that if not manipulation and deception?

Most of us weren’t born yesterday and know that this has been a common practice for decades of the politically appointed bureaucrats to deceive the voters into letting the politicians keep their jobs.

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