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  •  When you say (9+ / 0-)
    landscapers that are gearing up for spring, their suppliers of various material and nursery stock, chemicals, tools, machinery etc........236K doesn't seem like all that many people.

    How many high school/college students per month are there graduating?

    these are ALL things that are covered by the famous term "seasonally adjusted."

    Every month Meteor Blades posts this unemployment diary, EVERY MONTH, there is ALWAYS someone who pooh-poohs the numbers this way:

    "Well its November and all those Xmas workers being hired are skewing the numbers.

    "Well its January and all those Xmas workers are being let go."

    "Well its May and all the lakes and pools are hiring life guards."

    "Well its September and all the NFL stadiums are hiring beer sellers for the stands."

    "Well its October and all the lawnmower manufacturers are laying off their two-stroke cycle builders."

    Could ALL PLEASE learn what "Seasonally adjusted" means? Sheesh.

    Shalom.

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:11:23 AM PST

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    •  It can be seasonally adjusted for (1+ / 0-)
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      temperate states, but then there are a lot of states that don't see cold seasons. Two strokes go into everything, not just landscape equipment, and one would hope they aren't seasonal jobs.

      I was more thinking of  an order of magnitude whereas a quarter of a million people is not that large considering the size of this country.

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        ...you're now claiming that the statisticians at the BLS are incapable of recognizing that the climate actually varies in different parts of the country?

        While there have been good, valid questions raised about seasonal adjustments in labor statistics, your questions just seem like silly attempts to talk down good numbers.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:56:15 AM PST

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