“The Politics of Removal”: Dressing Up French Unemployment

From Testosterone Pit
January 30, 2013 - 10:46pm

Ugly unemployment numbers are politically inconvenient in democracies. Red-faced politicians have to come up with excuses. Elections are lost over them. So, countries use inscrutable statistical systems to make unemployment look better. But France also has an administrative tool: removing tens of thousands of people every month from the unemployment rolls for spurious reasons.

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