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When the economy is up, Fox makes it worse

Fox News’ Outnumbered attempted to downplay the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) positive jobs report indicating steady job growth and declining unemployment rates by taking the network’s own polls out of context.

On March 6, the BLS announced that the economy added 295,000 new jobs in February, making it the twelfth straight month of job growth for the U.S. economy. In addition, the BLS’ February jobs report showed a 5.5% unemployment rate, a new post-recession low.

In an attempt to downplay the positive jobs numbers, Outnumbered co-host Harris Faulkner pointed to a graphic of a Fox News poll indicating that 44% of Americans feel that the economy is improving, saying, “Despite reports of an improving economy, a large number of you are apparently not feeling it. A new Fox News poll finds 43% feel like the economy is getting worse and not better. That is almost as many number of people who feel things are improving.”

Faulkner failed to mention that according to Fox’s own poll, this month marks an 11-year high in Americans’ optimism about the economy. Faulkner also suggested that, while the official unemployment rate is falling, the more comprehensive U-6 unemployment metric gives a more accurate depiction of the economy, saying  “The real unemployment number, still twice as much, at about 11%.” However, the U-6 unemployment rate has also been in decline for the fifth straight month, down 1.6% since this time last year.

Credit: Media Matters

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