Change in federally archived unemployment numbers a mystery

I was perplexed when I went back to review some unemployment numbers only to find that all 50 states had seen a change for the 12 months of 2009. (see charts below) (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

The unemployment situation is dangerously critical. 2009 saw a rise of almost 32% in bankruptcy filings according to the Admin. Office of the US Courts.

In a recent post I had expressed my difficulty in understanding why the national unemployment rate for November and December stayed steady at 10% when 42 of the states had seen a rise in unemployment. (view post)

The recent uncovering of e-mails and data manipulation from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia dubbed “Climategate” still fresh in our minds I think of what Mark Twain once said, “There are three kinds of liars; liars, damn liars and statisticians.”

Further adding to my bewilderment is that although the month to month statistics have changed for the 50 states in the last 12 months the national unemployment rate has seen no change for that same period.

2009 National Unemployment

November/December Unemployment Data

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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