Taking a good look at the economy doesn't have quite as rosy of an outlook as the unemployment rate that is staying at 8.3 percent despite a surge in job gains in the private sector, according to Fox News.
The most recent jobs report for February shows some disparities in the economy for different parts of the population. The unemployment rate used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't explain the whole situation, according to the article.
The unemployment rate only takes into account Americans actively looking for work. The current unemployment rate stands at 8.3 percent, but, including those who stopped looking for work within the last 12 months, that rate jumps up to 9.8 percent, according to the article. Including people who settled for part-time jobs, the real unemployment rate is 14.9 percent.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, told Fox News he is pushing for legislation that would require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to count people who stopped looking for work in the unemployment rate. That would have unemployment for the month of February at 9.8 percent.
"It's not 8 percent — anybody who's out there in the real world knows that. We need real numbers, not D.C. numbers," Hunter told Fox News.
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