Friday, September 7, 2012

It's The Economy Stupid: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Today the reported Unemployment Rate fell from 8.3% to 8.1%, despite the fact that we added less jobs in Nonfarm Payrolls and less jobs in Private Payrolls and we actually lost jobs in Manufacturing Payrolls.  How can this happen?  Well here’s the math.  For every person who got a job and was added to the Payroll numbers almost four (4) people stopped looking for a job.


Economics For Dummies:  If you take 1 step forward and 4 steps backward, you are actually losing ground.


John Broussard

Assistant State Treasurer

Chief Investment Officer

State of Louisiana

Department of the Treasury


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