Local officials dismiss numbers

On unemployment.
Scott Seitz2
Jul 26, 2014

Though local officials were pleased at the declining rate of unemployment in Huron County, they also added not to take those numbers released Tuesday to heart.

Huron County's jobless rate for June was 6.7 percent, which placed it 20th in the state.

"That's an interesting question," State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) said when asked about the accuracy of the jobless data.

"One, do I believe the numbers themselves? No, I don't," he said.

"But, they are using the same formula every month and I do agree they are down considerably from where they were," Boose added.

Boose said the numbers are provided by the federal government and released through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Boose added he doesn't really consider the 6.7 percent figure.

"I can believe in the trend, but I have no faith in the numbers," he said. "I called in a representative from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to my office and we sat down and talked about these numbers.

"There is a formula used to determine the percentage, but it is not the number of people who filed for unemployment and I think that is just crazy," Boose said.

"They instead use several different surveys and they call people and businesses," he added. "It's not a true number at all."

Boose said the local unemployment figure, if one wants to use that, isn't bad.

"Especially, compared to other states," he said.

Huron County Commissioner Tom Dunlap talked along the same lines as Boose.

"I disregard the numbers, entirely," he said. "Those numbers are all skewed."

Dunlap said Huron County is not much different than the surrounding counties.

"But, to get numbers as low as ours, you have to go to Southeast Ohio," he said.

"We've just had all kinds of good things happen in Huron County," Dunlap said, referring to hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and expansions.

"Those numbers have been skewed for at least 10 years," he said. "Now, that I'm in office, I'm more convinced of that.

"We were in Columbus at the lieutenant governor's office and complained about the numbers and they went down four points," Dunlap said. "Then, the next month, they were right back up. Now, we didn't fluctuate that much."

Comments

Stonybaby

Your ideas are based on what FEELINGS ? Two mental midgets talking out their butts. The numbers are not right because it would mean the people in charge are not representing this county well. I bet if those numbers were very low they would be absolutely correct. More Dunlap and boobs BS.

truckin

Government concept.
If you don't like the numbers, just change the formula till you like the numbers

Contango

@ Mr. Dunlop & Mr. Boose:

If you don't like and/or believe 'the numbers,' then what is the correct unemployment rate? You gave no figures.

A non-story filled with sophistry.

nikki6279

Just shows how clueless they are. how about they add up the amount of money going out in welfare, ssi, free rent & food and cell phones..(govt assistance) and release those numbers then maybe compare them to whats coming in tax dollar wise...that might be a better way to tell how many people work and how many are "unemployed"

Contango

Re: "they add up the amount of money going out in welfare, ssi, free rent & food and cell phones.."

Agreed.

Look at the govt. transfer of payments.

Also: The local food banks.

nikki6279

Just shows how clueless they are. how about they add up the amount of money going out in welfare, ssi, free rent & food and cell phones..(govt assistance) and release those numbers then maybe compare them to whats coming in tax dollar wise...that might be a better way to tell how many people work and how many are "unemployed"

swiss family

I have to say I do find it Fascinating.... especially when I see someone from the opposing party than the President currently is.. this time it would be a Republican, such as Mr Boose... and suddenly he is telling us to question the numbers????But we were supposed to believe all of the "Numbers" we have been hearing for the past 6 years, telling us how the Presidents approval rating is dropping fast, and now it is the lowest it has ever been, and it is always backed up by "Numbers" such as "37.9%" or some statement like "according to the latest poll" the Presidents approval rating is the lowest in history... well I would think that to make a statement like that EVERY AMERICAN IN THE COUNTRY would have had to be asked, yet I have never been asked for the poll?? I do not know of anyone who has ever been asked???? I do not know of anyone who has known of anyone who has known of anyone who has ever been asked???? so who exactly did they ask??? 100 Republicans?? of course they are going to get a bad review, but the Republicans never questioned those numbers??? and why?? because they made the President look bad which is their goal, BUT if the economy and unemployment might be improving, and that might make the President look like things are starting to turn for the better.. well then.. absolutely QUESTION those numbers... SHAME on you TERRY.. you used to be one of us.. you used to want to fight for what is right...it is really sad to see what and who you have become...I am sorry to say

truckin

No NOT a 100% republicans , when MSNBC & CNN reports the same polls as Fox..it's probably pretty accurate.

swiss family

have you ever been asked to be a part of the official poll??? do you know of anyone who has ever been asked to be part of the official poll??? so how can any of the "numbers" be anywhere near correct if they have never asked you or me or anyone on here or anyone who knows anyone on here??? people just make up numbers and the foolish sheep believe them... it happens on both sides , both Democrats and Republicans because fewer and fewer people think for themselves and are far too willing to be be comfortable to be told what to think and what to believe...

mb5150

wow. these guy dont have a clue, do they? what are the real numbers then? do they have an answer for that? are there any numbers they do agree with? or just when it suits there agendas? ahhhh, politicians....where would we be without them?

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beernsmokes2

I was always taught that "Math don't lie"... Its just how you use it.....