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Dumb Headline of the Week

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On September 21, 2007 @ 1:30 pm In Employment,Financial Press | Comments Disabled

Sometimes, the headline copywriter just gets it wrong.

When initial unemployment claims fell
9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, it led to this headline:

Labor Market May Be Stronger Than Believed [1]   
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119029143351333789.html

Except for the first sentence, which stated "Jobless claims fell last week, a hint the employment picture may not be as bleak as last month’s decline in payrolls suggested" the gravamen of the article was that many indicators were negative.

The writer mentioned that LEIs fell yet again, as weakness in consumer confidence,
jobless claims, stock prices and building permits took a toll. More than a quarter of the firms said they are
scaling back employment and capital-spending plans because of
deterioration in the construction industry and financial-market
uncertainty.

This sort of stuff must make  reporters nuts . . .


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