Are you asking if part-time work makes these numbers look a lot better than they should.
You bet I do.
That coupled with the “discouraged worker” sleight-of-hand are what’s being used to keep the UE rate far lower than it should be.
And, I’ll bet there’s a problem with holdback, lost numbers, and hidden numbers, too.
The number of people working part-time who want to work full-time didn’t surge like that last month—or any month.
They had to go back and majorly revise the two months before that even to ramp up to such a ridiculous number.
Look at this poll (lower right-hand corner), people aren’t buying it: