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NYPost: Unemployment Election Stats Faked

By on 11.19.13 | 12:05AM


Late Monday night the New York Post’s John Crudele reported that last years’s key unemployment stats released as the fall campaign heated up… were fake.

Writes Crudele: 

In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.

The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.

And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.

Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.

There’s more. With names attached.

A must read — and headlines for sure.

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