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Unemployment picture isn't as rosy as it seems

10:30 AM EST, December 11, 2012

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A recent Sun article painted a too rosy picture of November's unemployment data as evidence of a trend of declining joblessness that began in 2010. However, the writer failed to even mention the employment participation rate, which paints a quite different picture.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes that data as well, and it shows a very worrisome trend of decreased labor force participation since the start of the Obama administration in 2009.

Also not mentioned by the writer is the fact that average employment gains since coming out the recession have barely kept pace with the number of new entrants into the labor force.

At that rate, it could take a decade or more to reach the level of unemployment of the Bush years.

The Sun ought to scrutinize these articles to ensure there is a more complete reporting of such information as conclusions that are drawn from them might be different.

Michael Vance Ernest Sr., Catonsville

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