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    Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, hit 10.3% in February -- up from 9.8% at the end of January. The U.S. unemployment rate is now essentially the same as the 10.4% at the end of February 2010.

    Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    I'm pretty sure if half american knew that the real unemployment was aroujnd 16-18%, they'd **** themselves. When is this "stimulus" going to kick in damnit?
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
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    Actually, everyone is at fault here. The corps went crazy, the government didn't regulate them and the people didn't do their job to make sure that the government worked for them. The crisis started before Obama was in office, yet he continued it by pushing for a stimulus which was not enough. To blame these problems solely on Obama is idiotic and childish at best.
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Obama's answer was more of Bush.....it didn't work for George...what makes Bammy think it would work for him?

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    Actually, everyone is at fault here. The corps went crazy, the government didn't regulate them and the people didn't do their job to make sure that the government worked for them. The crisis started before Obama was in office, yet he continued it by pushing for a stimulus which was not enough. To blame these problems solely on Obama is idiotic and childish at best.
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    more stimulus! More stimulus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Darn commies wanting big daddy government to fix things
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Quote Originally Posted by Amazed View Post
    Obama's answer was more of Bush.....it didn't work for George...what makes Bammy think it would work for him?
    Good question. But you won't find Obama Bashers willing to admit that he's in many ways, Bush III.
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    OK, here is the problem I have with using Gallup. From your own article:

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    Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 30-Feb. 28, 2011, with a random sample of 17,996 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.
    Gallup does not look at any hard data, but conducts a poll, in which a relatively small sample of people are called on the telephone.

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    For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is 1 percentage points.
    There is a margin of error of one percent here, which means that we do NOT know if the unemployment rate is what it shows in the poll, if it is higher, or if it is actually in line with, or even better than what has been predicted already, which would be 9.3 percent.

    This is not news. This is a pollster attempting to do WITH A POLL what the BLS is doing with ACTUAL DATA. Of course, if you hate Obama because he is Obama, and for no other reason, then this is a good poll to use, but it is not accurate at all. Yes, 1 percent sounds like just a little bit, but with numbers this low, it is extremely inaccurate. Now, if the unemployment rate hits 50 percent, then one percent would mean a lot less. Understand that unemployment data is not at all like favorability numbers for political figures, in which the numbers are high enough that the margin of error plays less into the results.

    IMHO, Gallup has no business attempting to find out what the unemployment numbers are by polling, due to the smaller sizes of unemployment, compared to statistical tracking of politicians and people's attitudes. It could very well result in inaccurate conclusions. It all boils down to the age old axiom "There are lies, there are damned lies, and then, there are statistics".

    I will evaluate the unemployment picture for myself by looking at the BLS data as it comes out, thank you.
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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

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    Re: Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Good question. But you won't find Obama Bashers willing to admit that he's in many ways, Bush III.
    i will. in fact, i predicted precisely that.

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