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Letter: Utah unemployment rate should include those no longer on rolls
First Published Apr 10 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 10 2014 10:40 am

Utah unemployment at 3.9 percent? Whoa, Nelly! ("Utah unemployment rate hits a 5-year low," Tribune, March 8)

Does that include all the folks who were so thoughtfully dropped from the rolls after the congressional refusal to extend benefits to the long-term unemployed after Dec. 31, 2013? I doubt it.

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So that number of 3.9 percent would seem to be extremely inaccurate, as I would think those folks are still looking for work; just not getting counted as doing so.

Re-extend unemployment benefits to them or figure out a way to count them, and let’s see where unemployment really stands.

Peter A. Orum

Salt Lake City

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