“U.S. Posts A Gain Of 216,000 Jobs, A Lift For Obama” (TIMES, 4/2/11)

Though the jobless rate ticked down from 8.9 to 8.8%, “the labor force has shrunk steadily since the beginning of the recession.” Only 64.2 percent of adults “are either in the work force or looking for a job,” which is “the lowest labor participation rate in a quarter-century.” 

Given that fact, can we really be optimistic about the state of the economy? When people stop looking for work, they are still unemployed. Making them disappear only means the unemployment figures are imprecise. It is another way of lying to the people.

“All the news that’s fit to print” implies telling the truth; doesn’t it?


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