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Change to jobless formula makes numbers hard to compare

Posted at 5:36 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 19:36:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY — There's an option on many water bills.

Instead of paying huge bills for summer sprinkler use...you average out the payments through the year.

It makes sense, and when you look at national data, adjusting seasonally makes sense as well.

In a normal year, adjusted data gives economists and others a quick view as to whether unemployment is following predictable patterns, but when a disaster strikes...the method doesn't make sense.

In the story above, you'll get a sense of why, with some squirrel pictures thrown in for fun.