Did you know you’re counted as “employed” if you work 1 hour a week? When you first hear that, it can sound shocking. It can make you suspect the government’s manipulating the unemployment data to make the labour market appear in better health than it is. But let me explain why it’s not a problem. It’s a perfectly logical definition for “employed”. Then, after I’m done with that, let me show you some ways in which you can be led astray by the government. It regards the unemployment rate itself.