New York Times Uses Creative Math
Is fact checking so hard? Is it ethical to portray yourself as a world class newspaper used by policymakers around the world and then, just make stuff up? That’s not business ethics.
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Whereas about 1.5 million fracking jobs have taken place in the United States, only 2,500 have occurred in Australia, according to the Victoria report.\”
It\’s not clear where the NYT got the 1.5 million jobs figure, but it\’s a safe bet that it is not from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The December, 2013 jobs figure for oil and gas extraction 48,400 higher than the December 2007 number, before the impact of both fracking and the recession. The figure for mining and support activities is up by 98,400. If we assume that this is all due to fracking then the total increase in employment is 146,800, less than one-tenth of the NYT\’s number.