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Jobless Doublespeak

Only in America can jobless not really mean jobless. In America, you can not have a job yet not be considered jobless.  Here's how:

The increase in jobs highlighted in the nation's most recent unemployment report carried the sound of economic promise, but Obama administration officials said Sunday that the public shouldn't expect any dramatic improvement in the jobless rate, largely because of the effect of thousands of "discouraged" unemployed people who have resumed their search for work.

So all of those people who actually don't have jobs...aren't jobless.  I can't even believe I just typed that sentence.

Some economists assert that the unemployment rate, which held steady at 9.7 percent in March, is likely to be driven higher as many more such people are lured into looking for work by signs of recovery.

So the unemployment rate will increase as people who don't have jobs (but are not jobless) look for work.  I cannot even believe I just typed that sentence.

P.S. George Orwell wrote "Politics and the English Language" in 1946.  (Read it here.)  So this isn't an American problem - or a new problem.  That doublespeak remains a problem is most definitely a problem.

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