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Tag: unemployment rate


PIERCE COUNTY: Where are the quality jobs?

Re: “Pierce County jobless rate up to 8.3 percent” (TNT, 5-26).

We are happy to support Joint Base Lewis-McChord, partly because military bases create jobs for the community. My state senator, Steve O’Ban, tells us that the Defense Department contributes more than $14 billion to the economy. Great! But where are the jobs?

We know that the huge area JBLM occupies does not pay property tax, nor do the commissary services charge state sales tax, so there is no contribution to the state or local budgets on that score.

The Employment Security Department report on the jobless rates states

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JOBS: What’s the real unemployment rate?

Re: “Few workers laid off find jobs” (TNT, 8-25).

The article stated that 56 percent of the people (6.1 million) laid off between January 2009 and December 2011 had failed to find jobs. What effect did those 3.4 million people have on the unemployment rate?

Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I found that the 56 percent cited had contributed 2.4 percent to the reported 9.1 percent unemployment rate, a quite significant figure.

But the most disturbing part of this research was that the unemployment rate is entirely dependent on your definition of labor force and unemployment. In

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