Jobless Figures Get A Dose Of Reality

The government's job measures are finally catching up with reality. In January, the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics will replace their current monthly survey of households--introduced in 1967--with a new questionnaire designed to produce more accurate measures. Women will no longer be asked, for example, whether their main activity is "keeping house or something else." Tests of the new survey have produced a 0.5 percentage-point increase in the jobless rate, mainly by increasing the number of women who identify themselves as working or seeking work.

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