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The unemployed? Mike Piazza is unemployed?
2006-01-26 21:31
by Bob Timmermann

This article discusses some of the more notable unsigned free agents, such as Piazza, Roger Clemens, Jeff Weaver, Sammy Sosa, and other.

But is Mike Piazza really unemployed? Does the Bureau of Labor Statistics count someone like Piazza as unemployed? If it does, what state does he count in? What about Sammy Sosa? Is he unemployed in the U.S. or in the Dominican Republic?

Here are the working definitions:
Who is counted as unemployed?

Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work.

Who is not in the labor force?

All members of the civilian noninstitutional population are eligible for inclusion in the labor force, and those 16 and over who have a job or are actively looking for one are so classified. All others--those who have no job and are not looking for one--are counted as "not in the labor force." Many who do not participate in the labor force are going to school or are retired. Family responsibilities keep others out of the labor force. Still others have a physical or mental disability which prevents them from participating in labor force activities.

Among the employed, Seattle has re-signed Gil Meche and Tampa Bay is closing in on a deal with Russell Branyan.

2006-01-26 21:54:18
1.   das411
Is Palmeiro "currently available for work"?

I strongly suspect he is already off playing golf with Mark McGwire and waiting for the national ADD to kick in...

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