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Monday, July 11, 2011
CNS Misleadingly Cherry-Picks Employment Numbers

A July 8 CNSNews article by Matt Cover states:

There were approximately 2.4 million fewer Americans working in June 2011 than there were when President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill on Feb. 17, 2009, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

According to the BLS, there were approximately 141.68 million people counted as “employed” in America back in February 2009. By June of 2011, that number had fallen to approximately 139.33 million, yielding a net reduction in jobs of approximately 2.4 million.

But Cover is cherry-picking numbers to make Obama look bad. He ignores that at the depth of the recession in October 2009, the total number of employed according to BLS was 138.27 million. That means the number of people employed in June is up more than a million people since October 2009.

Meanwhile, we're still waiting for Cover to explain why he flip-flopped from reporting that campaign videos President Obama  filmed inside the White House were not illegal to asserting that they were.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:10 PM EDT

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