In October of last year, a month before the 2012 presidential election, the September jobs report was unveiled, and its numbers were pretty unbelievable. Unemployment numbers had been above 8% for months on end, and it had been predicted that in order for Obama to win a second term he would have to get the unemployment numbers below 8%. I had personally predicted that the Obama administration would get the unemployment numbers below 8% by the time election time came around and, lo and behold, when the September jobs report came out, the unemployment rate had dropped from 8.1% all the way down to 7.8%, a steep one month drop considering the fragile state of the economy and jobs market.
The economy has to create at least 125,000 jobs per month just to keep up with population growth, but in September of 2012 the economy had only created 114,000 jobs. However, for some miraculous reason, the unemployment rate had dropped by 3/10 of a percentage point. Following the release of the September jobs report, I wrote a blog where I asked the question, “How can the economy add 114,000 jobs, but the number of employed households jumps by 873,000?” I then answered by predicting exactly what we now know happened:
The 114,000 jobs added to the economy were jobs that businesses reported hiring. The 873,000 number, the number that shrank the unemployment numbers substantially, were the numbers concocted by individual phone polls. Now even though it would be pretty hard to finagle the business numbers that come in, it would be a whole lot easier to sway individual phone poll numbers in President Obama’s favor.
According to the NY Post, Julius Buckmon, a Census employee from the Philadelphia region, admitted to faking the numbers. Buckmon said that he was “told to make up information by higher-ups at Census” but that he was “never told how to answer the questions about whether these nonexistent people were employed or not, looking for work, or have given up.”
Although, Buckmon is the only one, so far, to admit to faking the results, he was not the only one submitting deceptive survey results. An anonymous source told the Post that “the deception went beyond that one employee” and “it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.”
Surprised? Me either.
Although the Post tries to paint it as if the Labor Department knew nothing about the deceptive practices at the Census Bureau, I find it hard to believe. The Obama administration needed to get the unemployment numbers to a place that was favorable to Obama’s re-election bid, and even if the Labor Department had known about the deceptive practices, I can guarantee you that the numbers wouldn’t have changed.
Business tycoon, and outspoken Obama critic, Jack Welch thought the jobs numbers were suspicious too and tweeted this right after the release of the September unemployment numbers:
Of course, the mainstream media viciously attacked Welch for daring to insinuate that the Obama administration would falsify jobs data.
Go ahead, Jack–you’re vindicated; you can now say “I told you so.”
Although the blame for this scandal should be directed at the Obama administration, it will probably (once again) be blamed on some lowly employee who is willing to take the fall to save his great leader from the fate he deserves.