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March 4, 2004
The Myth of 3 Million Jobs

Sean's excellent blog, Everything I Know Is Wrong, explodes the myth of the three-million-job loss during the Bush administration in a funny and well-sourced post from last night. Apparently, Sean did what John Kerry's entire staff was unable to do and check out the data at the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

It took about as long to do it as it took you to read about it. Take a look at the left side of the table; the column marked Jan. Now look down to the rows marked 2001, 2003 and 2004. The Jan 2001 figure is 137,790,000 (the numbers are all in thousands) and the Jan 2004 figure is 138,566,000. That means that there are 776,000 more jobs now than there were in the first month of George Bushs administration. Look at the Jan 2003 number, 137,477,000, which means there are 1,119,000 more jobs than this time last year.

Sean attributes Kerry's inability to figure this out to either stupidity or dishonesty. Sean reports, you decide, although I'm willing to entertain the notion that it's a combination of both ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 4, 2004 2:46 PM

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