Please bear with me here. I am new and I also am only learning about statistics & regression analysis.

I have an issue where the data I have entered comes out as positive coefficients where they should be negative. The data in question is "underemployment" (in Australia). Generally speaking as underemployment rises it is not good for the economy as there is spare capacity in the labour market. However the data I have starts from say 2% and rises up to 8%, but the regression model picks this up as a positive factor.

How do I go about changing this to get the model to recognise this data as a negative factor ?

Thanks in advance