walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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innumeracy in the lead (where? oh, you can guess)

Headline: Minimum Wage Increases Faster Than Median Wage

Lead sentence/paragraph:

"In the last few years, the minimum wage in New York State has increased almost 40 percent, while the average pay for hourly workers has risen much more slowly, not even keeping pace with inflation, according to a report released Thursday by the federal Department of Labor."

Believe it or not, the _headline_ is correct, at least, assuming the rest of the story is right.

But guys, come on. Median != average. Mean = average. Median is the number where half of the items are more and half of the items are less. Very, very, very different from average.

View the innumeracy for yourself at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/11/nyregion/11wages.html
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