So I thought I would look for this article (actually one like it, but I can't find the original). But the point is, the numbers from the government look like they are being cooked. The Jobless Effect: Is the Real Unemployment Rate 16.5%, 22%, or. . .? - DailyFinance
The June poll turned up 27.8% of households with at least one member who's unemployed and looking for a job, while the latest poll conducted in the second week of July showed 28.6% in that situation. That translates to an unemployment rate of over 22%, says Mayur, who has started questioning the accuracy of the Labor Department's jobless numbers.It seems that the statistical shenanigans date (at least) to the Clinton Administration.
Up until the Clinton administration, a discouraged worker was one who was willing, able and ready to work but had given up looking because there were no jobs to be had. The Clinton administration dismissed to the non-reporting netherworld about five million discouraged workers who had been so categorized for more than a year. As of July 2004, the less-than-a-year discouraged workers total 504,000. Adding in the netherworld takes the unemployment rate up to about 12.5%.So with a statistical bit of legerdemain, Clinton and Co. made it look as it the world was better, and especially for minorities in the inner city. Politics and statistics: never a good combination.
The Clinton administration also reduced monthly household sampling from 60,000 to about 50,000, eliminating significant surveying in the inner cities. Despite claims of corrective statistical adjustments, reported unemployment among people of color declined sharply, and the piggybacked poverty survey showed a remarkable reversal in decades of worsening poverty trends.
Those are past figures. What do people think the real unemployment rate is today? Well according to National Jobs for All, if you include the under-employed (those with part-time jobs who would prefer full-time, but can't find full-time employment) and discouraged workers (those who want to work, are available to work, but can't find a job) the real unemployment rate for December was not the official lie of 8.5%, but really 17.2% of the workforce. That is basically saying that the government figures are off by 100%.