U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) gave a startling admission Monday when he stated the unemployment figures given by the Obama administration are not entirely correct. He claimed the number given is excluding several groups of active employees and unemployed.
“When you talk about the economy we also have to have an honest assessment of unemployment in America,” Sanders told a crowd of 7,500 gathered at a presidential campaign rally in Portland, Maine.
“Once a month the government publishes a set of figures, and the last figures they published said that official unemployment was 5.4 percent,” he said, given a different angle of the Labor Department’s most recent report which put June’s unemployment rate at 5.3 percent.
“But there is another set of government statistics,” Sanders continued, “and that that real unemployment if you include those people who have given up looking for work and the millions of others who are working part-time 20, 25 hours a week when they want to work full-time, when you all of that together, real unemployment is 10.5 percent.”
Some will argue even 10.5% is inaccurate. Figures for unemployment range from 4% all the way to 35% depending on the factors used to calculate it. Perhaps the Obama administration has purposefully misinterpreted the statistics to further hide the truth from the American people.