Originally posted by bill718
America needs to stop lying to it's own citizens about the number of unemployed people. The Obama administration shares a measure of blame for this, but this has been going on for a very long time in one form or other. It's time for a more honest assesment of the real employment picture.
The provocative "lying" statement aside--
Some economists say (or "recognize" ) that a certain percentage of unemployment is optimal or at least, inevitable, in a capitalistic economy like the US has.
Presumably this optimal percentage is calculated taking into account the way that the unemployed are counted. All that need to be done is to stop excluding those not looking for work (aside from the retired and children and students and those in jail etc.) from both figures -- the actual unemployment rate and the optimal unemployment rate. We will get used to higher numbers for both.
This will rectify the macroeconomic disjunction. The micro issue, that John Doe is without a job, remains in any case, no matter whether lying is going on.