It is very easy to manipulate statistics to suit purpose. For instance, in the U.S., it may be stated on the news that the number of people reported as unemployed has dropped from a previous month. While this may be true, it is misleading to listeners because all the facts have not been included, facts such as the number of people who have just given up on looking for jobs has increased and those who are yet entitled to draw unemployment benefits has decreased because they have already drawn for their allotted number of quarters. So, in truth, those who are without jobs are greater in number from last month, not less. Thus, the economic situation of the population is worse, not better.