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Sunday, May 4, 2014
CNS Unemployment Numbers Distortion Watch

It's a new month, and you know what that means: Time for to cherry-pick the new unemployment numbers for bad news to obscure the good news.

In April, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent, and 288,000 jobs were created. CNS clearly had to spin that away: A May 2 article by Michael Chapman grumbled that "The national unemployment rate was 6.3% in April, which is the same unemployment rate America experienced halfway through the last recession, in the fall of 2008." At no point in his article did he mention that the rate declined 4/10 of a percent.

Another article by Chapman claimed that the "total unemployed" rate was 12.3 percent. Chapman then discredits himself by admitting that rate counts "have looked for full-time employment but have had to settle for a part-time job," which means they aren't "unemployed."

CNS cranked out three more articles designed to blot out the good news:

Curiously, none of these articles mentioned the fact that 288,000 jobs were added in April.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:03 AM EDT

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