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REAL JOBLESS FIGURES NEARLY DOUBLE OFFICIAL RATE, ADA SAYS

 REAL JOBLESS FIGURES NEARLY DOUBLE OFFICIAL RATE, ADA SAYS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The real jobless rate for August is 13.3 percent -- nearly double the figure reported by the U.S. Labor Department, according to a report issued today by the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), a liberal political organization.
 "As we mark the third Labor Day of the Bush recession, unemployment and underemployment is far more severe than the official Labor Department statistics show," said Amy Isaacs, ADA national director. "More importantly, unlike past recessions, many of these jobs have vanished forever and the unemployed will never again achieve the standard of living or job satisfaction they knew before this recession.
 "When you factor in discouraged workers and individuals forced to work part-time, the true number of unemployed and underemployed is 17.2 million," Isaacs said.
 The ADA report found that the hidden unemployment rates for the nation's largest metropolitan areas are an average of 43 percent higher than before the recession began. In Los Angeles, the real rate is up 89 percent, New York City is up 85 percent and Philadelphia is up 52 percent.
 "The Bush administration essentially has told our states and major cities that they have to go it alone with no help from the federal government and as a result, more than 34 states today are facing fiscal crises," said Isaacs. "The result has been reduced social services and massive unemployment."
 The true jobless rate in California is 17.2 percent, an increase of 73 percent since the start of the recession. New York's hidden unemployment rate is 85 percent higher today than 1990, while North Carolina's figures are more than double.
 Moreover, Alan Reuther, legislative director of the United Auto Workers and ADA labor chairman, said that there has been a steady deterioration in the unemployment insurance system because states have reduced benefits and established higher eligibility standards.
 "The current unemployment problem is much greater than the Bush administration admits, the unemployment insurance system is not meeting its objectives: cushioning the impact of joblessness and boosting the economy," Reuther said.
 Involuntary part-time employment translates into weekly earnings that are 55 percent less than full-time. For men, the difference between full- and part-time work is 65 percent less take-home pay.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Isaacs of Americans for Democratic Action, 202-785-5980/ CO: Americans for Democratic Action ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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