Twofer Wednesday

22 06 2016

Jefferson City

Nixon News Network:

“Across the board in children living in high poverty areas and children whose parents lack secure employment, we found an 11% increase,” said Gutierrez. “Since the 2008 recession, the unemployment rate has consistently declined. We assumed with that decline we would see a decline in the child poverty rate. That hasn’t been the case.”

Two paradoxes to solve in one day?  It’s like I’ve died and gone to a place that is marginally like heaven.

This one is quite easy.  The decline in the unemployment rate is statistical legerdemain, based on how easy it is to classify a person as employed, and how easy it is to drop people from the labor pool.


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3 responses

23 06 2016
Msjpacke

Yes, the employment statistic that is probably relevant here is workplace participation. If you don’t want to work, you are not “unemployed,” but this
still leaves your kids in poverty.

25 06 2016
Area Man

Once your unemployment runs out how do they claim to know if you are looking for work?

26 06 2016
countenance

They drop you from the universe of work seekers after a certain amount of time.




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