Well, a lot of their critics would be happy to tell you. They know the official unemployment figures understate the true extent of joblessness.
Did you realise, for instance, that the bureau counts you as employed even if you’ve worked for as little as one hour a week?
This means that, as well as the 680,000 people counted as being unemployed, there are another 1.1 million people who are under-employed – those who have a part-time job, but want to work more hours a week than they are.
Those 1.1 million represent 8.3 per cent of the “labour force” (all those with jobs or looking for jobs). Add that 8.3 per cent to the official unemployment rate and you get a total “labour under-utilisation rate” of 13.3 per cent.