Be of good cheer and selectively report those stats

Sometimes you have to dig a little harder for good news.

The front page of the Las Vegas newspaper today cheers the fact that “average weekly wages for Nevada rose 2.5 percent from $833 to a record $854 for the second quarter, the most recent period available, according to the state’s Research & Analysis Bureau.”

The story doesn’t mention that 2.5 percent increase is from the second quarter of 2014. Though it later mentions in passing that fourth quarter average pay in the state was $899, it doesn’t report the second quarter pay is down 5 percent from that level, nor that the second quarter is off more than a percent from the first quarter and down a couple of bucks from the 2014 annual average.



3 comments on “Be of good cheer and selectively report those stats

  1. nyp says:

    why wouldn’t one compare a quarterly result to the like quarter of the previous year? That’s how most corporate quarterly results are presented.

  2. Rincon says:

    Who cares? We haven’t had a raise in 40 years. Why do we think it will start now?

  3. Nyp says:

    From a speech yesterday by the Director of the CIA:

    “Across the globe, in both authoritarian and democratic societies, governments are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands, realistic or not, of their skeptical and restive populaces….Mankind’s relationship with the natural world is aggravating these problems and is a potential source of crisis itself. Last year was the warmest on record, and this year is on track to be even warmer. Extreme weather, along with public policies affecting food and water supplies, can worsen or create humanitarian crises. Of the most immediate concern, sharply reduced crop yields in multiple places simultaneously could trigger a shock in food prices with devastating effect, especially in already fragile regions such as Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.”

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