Measuring unemployment is an art which can lead to highly variable rates. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. government uses a method that excludes millions of Americans who seek employment. The lower rate is often used to prove that the American economic system is superior to those in Europe where their unemployment rates are attributable to unions and socialism, which guarantee workers health care and paid vacations. The implication is that while many American workers lack such benefits, at least they have jobs. This argument is wrong because unemployment is measured differently.
23 states report higher unemployment in September
Oct 21 12:31 PM US/Eastern By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rose in 23 states last month as the economy struggled to create jobs in the early stages of the recovery.
While layoffs have slowed, companies remain reluctant to hire. Forty-three states reported job losses in September, while only seven gained jobs, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
Some of the states that lost jobs still saw their unemployment rates decline, as discouraged workers gave up looking for work. People who are out of work but no longer looking for jobs aren’t counted as officially unemployed.
Discouraged workers are persons not currently working or looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for work and have sought work in the recent past. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not being currently employed. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available to work full time but had to settle for a part-time schedule. This is all part of government propaganda and double speak to show that they are seeking work but not seeking work and have sought work in the recent past. Consequently, those people who want to work are not counted as unemployed.
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Michigan reported the nation’s highest unemployment rate at 15.3 percent. It was followed by Nevada at 13.3 percent, Rhode Island at 13 percent, California at 12.2 percent and South Carolina at 11.6 percent.
Real estate continues to bedevil states that enjoyed a housing boom. Florida’s jobless rate rose to 11 percent from 10.8 percent in August, as the state lost nearly 13,000 construction jobs. California lost 39,300 jobs, including more than 14,000 in construction. Nevada lost 3,500 construction jobs, though it boosted employment in services.
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