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Your Views: Labor statistics provide questions but few answers
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The older I get, the less I understand. On Friday, the jobs report came out that said 20,000 jobs were lost last week. Earlier in the week, the revised December report claimed 1.1 million more jobs were lost than were reported in January 2009.

Confounding this, the stated unemployment rate dropped from 10.1 percent to 9.7 percent%. It was reported the drop occurred because more than 1 million former workers had stopped seeking jobs and were, therefore, no longer considered unemployed. And that is good news?

Further, the Department of Labor is now reporting that President Barack Obama’s claim of more than 1 million jobs created in 2009 didn’t happen; that this was a statistical error. What we do know is that some jobs that were reported created were not new jobs at all, simply counted that way when existing employees were given wage increases as a result of the Obama stimulus package.

I guess I just don’t understand statistics. What I do understand is that new manufacturing jobs are hard to come by. And I understand that governments from the national level to the smallest municipality are reducing jobs, a large percentage of which come from needed public safety departments.

I also understand that the Congress of the United States has just wasted an entire year without consideration of the continuing erosion of the jobs market. But then, what do I know ?

Bruce W. Hallowell
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