Media Matters is calling out Fox News over the network’s recent unemployment numbers. According to a graphic aired on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, the “real unemployment rate” has risen to 14.7% from 7.8% in 2009.
Media Matters explains how Fox News reached this number:
The 7.8 percent figure is the official unemployment rate from January 2009. This statistic reports on people who are unemployed and actively looking for a job. But as of the latest report, the official unemployment rate is 8.1 percent (0.3 percent higher than it was in January 2009), not 14.7 percent.
The 14.7 percent figure is a completely different measurement of the unemployed, which in addition to those who are actively looking for work, also counts people who are unemployed and discouraged from looking for a new job, part-time workers who prefer full-time employment, and more. This alternative measure of unemployment, which conservatives often call the “real” unemployment rate, was 14.2 percent in January 2009 — 0.5 percentage points lower than it is today.
We’ve heard from Fox News that Fox & Friends will issue a correction tomorrow.
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