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.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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