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Heritage Foundation Removes Unemployment Data From Budget Study

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Update: William Beach, the Heritage analyst behind their budget study, tells Dave Weigel at Slate that they have updated their unemployment figures, which are now significantly higher. Under the new version, unemployment is 7.89% unemployment in 2012 (versus 6.4% in their first analysis) and 4.27% unemployment (versus 2.9% in the original) in 2020.

"We adjusted the full employment unemployment variable," Beach told Weigel. "Nothing else changes as a result of that, but the employment number changes."