Donald Prush: Question of methods

February 13, 2014 

I found your Jan. 26 discussion (“N.C. ‘comeback’: Economic miracle or jobs mirage?”) of North Carolina’s unemployment rate disdainful.

You challenge the governor’s comments on the rate reduction by using a method of calculation that is not used at the federal level. And yet when you laud President Obama’s comments on the federal rate reduction from 10.5 to 7.0 percent, you accept the current federal method, which of course ignores the dropouts who no longer try to find employment. If one were to use your method at the federal level, I have read estimates of 13 percent to 15 percent unemployment.

Donald Prush

Holly Springs

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