HOW MANY U.S. JOBLESS? Confused Figures Lead to Confused Decision


HOW high is U.S. unemployment and how fast is it rising? The answer is of vital importance to the U.S. because a continued rise in unemployment would call for a radical change in Administration plans for taxes and spending. Yet the answers from the Administration's statisticians are more confusing than enlightening; their last estimates of unemployment (for January) ranged from 2,359,000 to 3,087,000, a difference of 728,000. Not one knows which figure to believe, and last week Commerce Secretary Sinclair Weeks was so disturbed that he had a panel of experts checking over the accuracy of the...

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