by Gene Callahan
There is always a temptation to think of a statistic as a simple, straight-forward fact: Numbers don’t lie. Consider this statement from Newsweek from an article on structural unemployment in the US:
‘Another theory is that Americans are less willing to move to take jobs. The McKinsey study reports that, in the 1950s, one in five Americans moved every year; now it’s one in 10. “Work is more mobile than workers,” says Camden.’
What could be clearer? Workers are less willing to move. Just look at the numbers!
But let me suggest that things are not so simple as they appear. Continue reading