Politics

Aug 21, 2017

How jobs data gets twisted to tell falsehoods

The government is claiming unemployment is down and jobs are up. But their numbers were fudged by a little bit of economic trickery, with the ABC apparently willing to parrot these misleading figures.

Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

A prominent ABC News report late last week contained several messages which the Turnbull Government wants voters to believe are true. They aren’t. Apparently hoping to boost the Coalition’s tawdry record on jobs, it opened with:

“Australia's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.6% with the creation of nearly 28,000 jobs in July.”

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