How to Lie with Statistics: Today’s Jobless Claims

Carpe Diem points out a great learning lesson. It appears jobless claims are at an all-time high. This is really not the case when you adjust for population growth. Although it’s not true, it does make a great headline.


2 Responses to “How to Lie with Statistics: Today’s Jobless Claims”

  1. 1 Claudio Ramirez March 18, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    I would have to agree about the fact that the population growth would decrease the amount of claims but at the same time the amount of jobs lost is only counting the number of people that have lost their jobs that are US citizens. That has a big effect on a state like California that has alot of illegal immigrants that are jobless that are not recorded under that category, which is something that is not in the headline and i never hear being talked about.

  2. 2 T May 25, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    i would have to disagree a percentage is a percentage it adjusts for the pops size increase.

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