I noticed that in the newest release candidate (LO 220.127.116.11)the automatic word count does not work. Notice: when using a .odt file,there is no problem!
I can not confirm with Version: 18.104.22.168.alpha0+; win7
Should be fixed in v5.2.0+. Check out bug 94570
Hope they backport it to v5.1
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 94570 ***