November 30, 2020

US watchdog finds flaws in key unemployment data

Washington (AFP) – A US government watchdog said Monday that a key measure of unemployment is based on flawed data, making assessing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on jobs more difficult.Since Covid-19 struck the United States in March, weekly data on applications for unemployment benefits have become a critical piece of real-time information to track job losses amid business shutdowns.But the Labor Department “has reported flawed estimates of the number of individuals receiving benefits each week throughout the pandemic,” the independent General Accountability Office (GAO) said in a r…


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