More Math Fun in Government

From an article about counting pay raises as saved jobs comes this quote:

At Southwest Georgia Community Action Council in Moultrie, Ga., director Myrtis Mulkey-Ndawula said she followed the guidelines the Obama administration provided. She said she multiplied the 508 employees by 1.84 — the percentage pay raise they received — and came up with 935 jobs saved.

Leaving aside the politics of counting pay raises as jobs, look closely at the math. It appears that she forgot that 1.84% equals 0.0184 when you multiple. In that case, she should have reported 9 jobs saved rather than 953.

Oops…another case of basic math illiteracy.