Could These Statements Actually Be True?

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Fact-checkers? Inquiring minds need to know...

"In New York City... the black unemployment rate for men is near 50 percent." Obama's 100 Days Press Conference If this is the case it is simply staggering...

"Best swine flu strategy: Stay away, everyone."
MSNBC. For another perspective, read up on the "culture of fear."

Well, thank goodness for the LA Times... "Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild:
genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter."

And skoolboy has now explained the first one: "The 2007 American Community Survey shows that about one-half of black men aged 20-24 in New York City are employed. In large part, this is because only 2/3 of them are in the labor force. Of those in the labor force, about 24% are unemployed. Labor force participation rates and employment rates are much higher for blacks aged 25-54."