Lies, Damn Lies and Job Statistics-Part 2 Are You Underemployed?

This is Part 2 of a series. You can read Part 1 here.

The title of this post is a play on a famous saying by Benjamin Disraeli and quoted by Mark Twain. The point of this saying is that you can make statistics say almost anything, depending on how you present them.

Were you laid off from a high-paying full time job with healthcare benefits, and are now struggling to pay bills by delivering pizzas and shoveling driveways?

And did this change in status from full-time to part-time happen after Obamacare became Continue reading Lies, Damn Lies and Job Statistics-Part 2 Are You Underemployed?

Carrier Stays: What 1,000 jobs saved will mean

So there are at least 1,000 people ecstatic about Carrier’s reversal of its plans to close an Indiana plant and move 1,400 jobs to Mexico. That’s 1,000 more Americans who won’t have to: Continue reading Carrier Stays: What 1,000 jobs saved will mean

Lies, Damned Lies, and Job Statistics-Part 1

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Note: Many official job statistics are brought to you by the same type of folks that guaranteed Trump would lose.

The title of this post is based on a famous saying by Benjamin Disraeli and quoted by Mark Twain.

The point of the quote is that you can make statistics say almost anything you want, depending on how you present them.

Statistics are scary for those who hate math. But Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and Job Statistics-Part 1

What is a “Good Job”?

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“And I promise you, if I become President, we’re going to be working again; we’re going to have great jobs again; you’re going to be so happy; you’re going to be proud of your President; you’re going to be proud, proud, proud of our country, once again.”

–Donald J. Trump, speaking at Alumisource, June 28, 2016

Tomorrow (Nov. 18) is the birthday of George H. Gallup (1901-1984) founder of the Gallup Poll, which provides public opinion and forecasting.

For the past 7½ years—and even before the financial crisis of 2008—jobs and unemployment have hit the “flyover country” of Middle America exceptionally hard. And according to Gallup, Continue reading What is a “Good Job”?