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America Needs A Better
Measure Of Unemployment

Investor´s Business Daily, by Keith Hall

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 3/21/2014 6:46:41 PM

The most closely watched and widely cited economic statistic in the world may be the unemployment rate. It first came into use in the 1930s, and its definition remained basically unchanged since. However, there is a growing realization that it has become an unreliable economic indicator, and it is time to find a better way to measure the health of the U.S. labor market. Policymakers are starting to take note, with Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., introducing legislation that would change how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures unemployment. Even one of the last holdouts, the Federal Reserve, now seems to be moving toward

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 3/21/2014 7:19:46 PM     (No. 9779014)

Don´t worry, when the GOP is back in charge the scrutiny will be be microscopic!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 3/21/2014 7:43:15 PM     (No. 9779042)

Yeh, we sorta, maybe, oughta, perhaps, kinda, should use a better measure. The authors are right.

But those better measures already exist and media mostly ignores them. So many people never see them and many wouldn´t understand anyway.

The number hired is important. So are the layoff numbers and initial claims for unemployment. They aren´t easily fudged.

The count of voluntary quits and of how many really sought work go into motives. Be wary.

Average hours worked is very important but not the easiest to measure.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bpl40, 3/21/2014 8:57:51 PM     (No. 9779129)

No we don´t. We just need the BOLS to tell the truth. As they say, when all else fails read the instructions!

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