May 3, 2012

Obama Did Not Change Unemployed Calculation, Pa Bush and Clinton Did!

Interesting that if you add the upwardly revised jobs # from the previous two months to the April total then it equals the 168k that was projected. But the real point to focus on today is the fake story from the far-right which lies about how the unemployment # is calculated. They say Obama changed it, NO, it was changed in 1994!

"THE DEFINITION OF 'UNEMPLOYED' HAS CHANGED"...
Rightwingers! Show me one link to one reliable source detailing when and how this happened! You can't. What Neal Boortz etc. are referring to (when they say today's rate would be higher under the old formula) is something that occurred in 1994 under Clinton and was started by the Bush Sr. administration.
Here is a link to an article in Harper's by Kevin Phillips proving my point...
Quote and Link: "But in 1994, the Bureau of Labor Statistics redefined the workforce to include only that small percentage of the discouraged who had been seeking work for less than a year. The longer-term discouraged—some 4 million U.S. adults—fell out of the main monthly tally. Some now call them the “hidden unemployed.”
http://harpers.org/archive/2008/05/0082023

12 comments:

  1. Obama kept the same standards we haven't seen the real numbers since the 80's

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  2. Obama kept the same standards we haven't seen the real numbers since the 80's

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  3. Obama kept the same standards we haven't seen the real numbers since the 80's

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  4. Obama kept the same standards we haven't seen the real numbers since the 80's

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    1. You're a robo idiot who gets stuck on Repub sound bites
      You're a robo idiot who gets stuck on Repub sound bites
      You're a robo idiot who gets stuck on Repub sound bites
      You're a robo idiot who gets stuck on Repub sound bites

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  5. Obama kept the same standards we haven't seen the real numbers since the 80's

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    1. Thanks,
      That's a good point that I have been unable to verify on the internet, but I have a clear memory of many writers crying foul when (under Reagan) a change was made in the calculation so that people whose benefits had run out were purged from the unemployment roles.

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