Jane Kitchel’s Inaccurate Unemployment Statistics

VT State Senator Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia)

I’m a bit confused by VT State Senator Jane Kitchel’s claim from last night’s candidate forum in Ryegate that “unemployment claims in Vermont are down from 28,000 to 14,000”.

It would be great if we could celebrate a 50% drop in unemployment claims, but according to the Vermont Department of Labor, as of September 2012, there are still nearly 20,000 people filing unemployment claims (19,400 is the figure they provide).

So Jane, why do your figures differ by almost 39% from those reported by the state?

I’m not sure when unemployment claims were at 28,000, but we are only down 400 claims from this time last year and we are actually experiencing 3000 more unemployment claims than we were in May, when there were 16,400 claims filed according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Please, don’t try to tell me we are making non-existent progress in battling unemployment and entitlements, it’s just downright insulting.

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