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In December, the number of unemployed persons increased by 632,000
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

– and then from

ABC – WSB Atlanta – tonight at 11 p.m. it was reported that the state of Georgia had new unemployment claims from December 2008 – of over 128,000 people.

Now – tell me how it is that in a country with 50 states in grave economic difficulty, that the total newly unemployed – or rather new unemployment claims total for the entire USA in December 2008 could be 632,000?

Wouldn’t it be something bigger than that, if nearly every state has numbers like Georgia’s?

And here I was looking up the international standards for statistics – like it matters –

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/46/17/37671574.pdf

DATA AND METADATA REPORTING AND
PRESENTATION HANDBOOK

The need for the articulation of a comprehensive set of recommendations on the reporting and
presentation of statistical data and metadata is one aspect of the overall demand for improved
international comparability and consistency of statistics compiled and published by national agencies
and international organisations. This requirement has itself been driven by closer economic and social
linkages between both the 30 OECD Member countries and between those countries and large
emerging non-member economies. As discussed in the Handbook, the major causes of differences in
statistics compiled in different countries flow from the use of different definitions and concepts and
differences arising from varying collection and statistical data transformation practices. Even where
differences in these areas are minimal the statistics disseminated by different countries may actually
look different because of the use of different data reporting and presentation practices. These
differences can have considerable impact in an environment where users have ready access to a
bewildering amount of statistical information facilitated through the availability of on-line databases
and statistics on the Internet at both the national and international levels.

Enrico Giovannini
Chief Statistician and
Director of the Statistics Directorate
OECD
Paris

This Handbook draws heavily on the work of many national statistical institutes, central banks,
etc., working in the OECD’s Short-term Economic Statistics Working Party (STESWP) over the last
two years and from detailed comments and suggestions from other international organisations, in
particular, the European Commission’s Eurostat, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank
and other participants of the Co-ordinating Committee for Statistical Activities (CCSA). The work was
coordinated and prepared by Denis Ward, Statistics Directorate, OECD.

DATA AND METADATA REPORTING AND PRESENTATION HANDBOOK – ISBN 92-64-03032-8 – © OECD 2007

http://www.imf.org/external/np/sta/fd/2002/fdclass.pdf
June 2002
Classification of Financial Derivatives Involving Affiliated Enterprises in the
Balance of Payments Statistics and the International Investment Position
(IIP) Statement

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