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Job hunting counts as a job

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Leave it to the government to over-complicate a simple task of counting people that are unemployed. Only a bureaucrat could come up with this reasoning: Current unemployment numbers released state that “The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent. The main reason was that a half-million people started looking for work. (Only people without jobs who are looking for one are counted as unemployed.)” So a job is defined as something produced by or as if by work. Work is defined as activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something. It appears to be impossible to be counted as unemployed if the requirement is to be without a job. If you’re looking for work by definition you have a job and are then not counted? John T. Nightingale, Auburn