The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Lies, damn lies and government statistics

Oct 7, 2002

According to company reports, there were fewer people working in September. According to state unemployment services, more people applied for unemployment benefits. According to newspaper reports, there were fewer help-wanted ads. Even temporary agencies report they had few orders for temp workers from companies that were calling for them last year.

All signs point to an increase in the rate of unemployment. But it seems that government statisticians couldn't read the signs. They reported that unemployment had gone down last month.

No big thing – just another little old lie told by a government which knows very well how to tell some big ones!