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Department of Labor to Investigate Possible Fabrication of Monthly Jobs Report
Posted at 7:21 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2013
The Guardian reports that the Department of Labor is investigating allegations that key data from a monthly jobs report “may have been fabricated in the run-up to the 2012 election.”
The Department of Labor has confirmed the investigation into possible manipulation of numbers from August to September of 2012 when the unemployment rate dropped significantly, from 8.1% to 7.8%.
In addition, “confidential documents obtained by the [New York] Post say census employee Julius Buckmon was caught faking results for the Philadelphia region, one of six regions that used to generate the monthly unemployment poll.”
“According to the Post the New York and Philadelphia regions were falling short of [the 90% polling target required by the Department of Labor]. Buckmon told the newspaper that his superiors told him to … ‘Go ahead and fabricate it’ to make it what it was.’”