Sunday, June 30, 2019

Employment statistics misleading at best

Dump and his Repugs always tout the low unemployment rate, but according to our own Bureau of Labor Statistics here is the definition of employment: "People are considered employed if they did any work at all for pay or profit during the survey reference week. This includes all part-time and temporary work, as well as regular full-time, year-round employment." They also include in that cateogory "unpaid family workers." Hence a low unemployment rate doesn't at all negate the atrocious poverty conditions of an increasing number of people considered employed. And of course even full-time, employed people making minimum wage, or below an adequate fair wage of $15 an hour and living in poverty conditions, makes meaningless any low statistic on employment status.

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