The Washington Examiner is reporting:
Congress may soon investigate a media report claiming the Labor Department falsified the nation’s jobless numbers a month before the 2012 election.
A Republican aide told the Washington Examiner the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is digging into the claim, published in the New York Post on Tuesday.
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.
And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.
“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
Read More: Job report faked ahead of the 2012 Election
The Atlantic takes issue with the New York Post article, ‘Did the Census Bureau Really Fake the Jobs Report?’
The New York Post makes a shocking claim. But even if it’s right, the fraud was too imperceptibly small to make any a difference.
Really? The unemployment rate magically drops from 8.1% to 7.8% and it wouldn’t have made a difference? What Incumbent president has ever been re-elected with an employment rate above 8%? No difference? We think Not.