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 a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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