- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There is an omission in the recent Associated Press article “Jobless claims, trade deficit decline” (Nation, Friday).

The implication in the piece is that the drop in initial jobless claims for last week was an outstanding positive achievement. The truth of the matter is that nine out of the 50 states did not even report initial jobless claims last week because of the Labor Day holiday, and two of those nine states were California and Virginia. Both California and Virginia are heavy hitters when it comes to jobless claims. In my opinion, this was a key piece of information that should have been included in this article if the goal of the writer was to give the reader a true picture of our economic status and recovery effort.

Had the Associated Press bothered to contact the Department of Labor before running this story, the whole truth would have been known and readers would have been provided accurate information.

ROBERT M. COLLINSWORTH

Harrisville, N.H.


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