Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Why does Deborah Pryce lie?

From Congresswoman Pryce's opening statement to the Financial Services Committee on February 17, 2005:
Thank you, Chairman Oxley.
Welcome Chairman Greenspan, and thank you for taking the time to discuss with us your insightful thoughts on monetary policy. It has been a while since I’ve had the privilege of sitting on this committee and the opportunity to enjoy discussing with you the state of our economy.

[. . .]

My home state of Ohio, which has been hard hit by manufacturing job loss over the last two years, has recently seen an increase in workers returning to the job market—and Ohio is not alone in this recovery.
From the January 21, 2005 (most recent) press release from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family services (emphasis added):
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment fell 7,500 over the month, from 5,362,000 in November to 5,354,500 in December, according to the latest establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service-providing industries were down 6,800 to 4,286,100. Professional and business services dropped 3,400, while trade, transportation, and utilities fell 2,700. Declines were also noted in government (-1,700), financial activities (-500), and other services (-400). Leisure and hospitality rose 1,100 over the month. Educational and health services advanced 600, while information added 200 jobs. Goods-producing industries slipped 700 over the month to 1,068,400. The loss occurred in manufacturing (-1,200). Construction employment was up 500. Natural resources and mining was unchanged.
And what about the previous month? Again, from a ODJFS press release:
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment, at 5,359,100 in November, was 2,500 below the October level, according to the latest establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Service providers lost 1,300 jobs over the month to 4,289,700. Educational and health services declined 1,300. Other services had a drop of 1,000. Decreases were also noted in professional and business services (-500), information (-200), and financial activities ( 100). Trade, transportation, and utilities advanced 800. Gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (+700) and government (+300). Goods-producing industries were down 1,200 to 1,069,400. Declines in manufacturing (-2,400) and natural resources and mining ( 100) were partially offset by in increase of 1,300 in construction.
Doesn't anybody in the press corps check up on Pryce? Should she be allowed to just make this stuff up?


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