How are unemployment numbers calculated? (Video)

November 2, 2012

The economy added 171,000 new jobs in October as the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent. Gains came primarily in the professional and business services sectors, as well as the health care and retail trade

So how are the nation’s monthly unemployment numbers compiled? Who does the counting? How do they do it? And can be the books be cooked? Find out in the video above.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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