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750,000 Lost Jobs? The Dodgy Digits Behind the War on Piracy

Oct 09, 2008, 19:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julian Sanchez)

"First, the estimate of 750,000 jobs lost. (Is that supposed to be per year? A cumulative total over some undefined span? Those who cite the figure seldom say.) Customs is most often given as the source for this, and indeed, you can find press releases from as recently as 2002 giving that figure as a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol estimate. Eureka! But when we contacted CBP to determine how they had arrived at that imposing figure, we were informed that it was, in essence, a goof."

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