California Unemployment is 25 percent and rising.

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    In a survey recently conducted via telephone, one out of four Californians said they were out of work and would work if there were any jobs available near where they worked. One out of six no longer had a car because they could not afford it, and would have to ride public transportation to get to work if a job was available outside of their area. Unfortunately, ninty-three percent of California is not covered by public transportation that is effective.

    If the Federal Department of Labor is actually conducting its poll, why are the results not similar?
     
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    Reminds me of that ole Country and Western Song, "How high's the water Mama?"
    Talking about a rising flood on low lying farm land somewhere out in the country. the song starts out,
    "How high's the water Mama?
    Son, it's five feet high and risin'.
    "How high's the water Mama?"
    Son, it's six feet high and risin'."

    Now we can sing a new song.
    "How high is unemployment Papa?
    Son it twenty five percent and rising....."
     
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    The Federal Department of Labor doesn't conduct any polls, as has been pointed out to you many times. The Current Population Survey is conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is only administratively (NOT operationally) under the DOL.

    The results are not similar because the CPS has never produced such information for the states. In the last couple of years BLS has started calculating alternative measures of labor underutilization for the states (U-1 to U-6), but that's only annual averages of quarterly data. The sample size for the CPS (60,000 households a month) is fine for National data but is totally inadequate for monthly state or county info. State and county Unemployment figures are based on the CPS but use other inputs, including UI claims, as well.

    So in short, you're asking why this poll (and you don't say who conducted it or give any links at all) doesn't match up with non-existant Federal data.
     
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