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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Terry Jeffrey's Bogus Employment Stats Busted
Topic: CNSNews.com

On Dec. 7, CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey published an article claiming that "Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Jeffrey is lying. Salon busts him:

CNS’ Terence Jeffrey arrived at the figure by comparing the change in the total number of people employed in June through November to the change in the number of people employed in government jobs over the same period. “These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall,” he concluded.

Why five months? It’s sort of an unusual amount of time to look for a trend, if you think about it. Why not six? Looking at the very same data tables Jeffrey links to in his post, it’s clear he cherry-picked June as the start date because it had the lowest number of government jobs all year, thus making the increase through November look bigger.

[...]

If Jeffrey had started his analysis from the beginning of the year, he would have seen that government employment is actually down for the year, from 20,583,000 in January to 20,559,000 in November. But an honest look at the numbers would conclude they fluctuate significantly month-to-month with no clear trend in either direction.

Jeffrey has not yet issued a correction -- his article remains unadulterated as if it was true.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:37 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:51 PM EST

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