April 13, 2017

36. Lies, damn lies and employment statistics

Figures out in the US last week showed the unemployment rate had dropped to just 4.5 percent, a long way from the 10% rate back in 2009. Yet Donald Trump won an election, in part, because he was there to protect jobs for Americans. Phil Dobbie asks Prof Steve Keen What’s the problem when so many seem to be gainfully employed? The answer, it seems, is that you can do anything you want with statistics. Take a look at this graph to see his point: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=djl1

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