Lies, Damn Lies, and Fox News Statistics

Here’s what they ran recently:

Notice how 9.0 and 8.4 look exactly the same at the right-hand end of the graph?

Here’s the real trend.

Whatever you might think of what the real unemployment rate might be, once you include people whose benefits have run out, people who have moved back in with Mom and Dad (or sister or brother) and given up looking, this is bogus. Just change the left-margin scale and the story is the same.

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