"No. I don't look at it. It doesn't include under-employed people."
"That's right," I said. "That's the underemployment number and it has a different value."
"Oh," he said. And like that he made it clear that he didn't want to talk any more.
I've seen this more than once when people encounter facts that would force them to reconsider their theories or beliefs about the world. Rather than revise a belief that defines them, they dismiss the facts as being manipulated or fake or inadequate representations of reality.
As David Bryne of the Talking Heads wrote,
"Facts all come with a point of view. Facts don't do what I want them to. Facts just twist the truth around."
I guess it takes tireless vigilance to protect a worldview.