Sunday, October 03, 2004

 

Jobs situation underreported in Ohio by nearly 180,000 - Part 1

Nearly everyone is underreporting how bad the job situation is in Ohio. The Bush-Cheney folks have a reason for getting it wrong. The newspapers reporters in Ohio seem to be in a "spin coma" but shouldn't get it wrong. And the pro-Kerry forces have absolutely no excuse for getting it wrong.

There are two part to this problem: the number of jobs lost, and the increased demand for jobs due to the growing number of workers. In this two part post I try to explain this simply, because it is simple.

JOBS LOST:

I'm totally baffled by the reported number of jobs lost in Ohio since Bush took office. Newspapers have reported anywhere from 215,000 and 240,000 lost. Even a pro-Kerry site (www.facts4ohio.com) reports, "Ohio has lost 231,000 jobs since Bush took office. [Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001 to August 2004]."

As far as I know, the BLS gets its data from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. When I go to the ODJFS site, their numbers show as much higher number:

Jan 2001 nonfarm payroll: 5,655,100 (updated/corrected in March 2001)
Aug 2004 nonfarm payroll: 5,366,600

Difference: 288,500 jobs lost

Reporters: This is not rocket science, just back of envelope stuff. How about getting your pencils and calculators and quit ingesting the spoonfed stuff from the campaigns?

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