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NYP: Census Faked Pre-Election Job Numbers

From the New York Post:

Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report

By John Crudele | November 18, 2013

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.

Remember all the grief conservatives got back in the fall of 2012 for suggesting this? Even Jack Welch caught hell, too, when he tweeted that something was fishy about the numbers.

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.

The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census…

Labor requires Census to achieve a 90 percent success rate on its interviews — meaning it needed to reach 9 out of 10 households targeted and report back on their jobs status. Census currently has six regions from which surveys are conducted. The New York and Philadelphia regions, I’m told, had been coming up short of the 90 percent.

Philadelphia filled the gap with fake interviews. “It was a phone conversation — I forget the exact words — but it was, ‘Go ahead and fabricate it’ to make it what it was,” Buckmon told me.

Census, under contract from the Labor Department, conducts the household survey used to tabulate the unemployment rate.

Lest we forget, one of the first things that Obama did when he assumed office was to have the White House take over the Census Bureau back in 2009. Maybe now we know why. (See below.)

Interviews with some 60,000 household go into each month’s jobless number..

Buckmon, it turns out, was a very ambitious employee. He conducted three times as many household interviews as his peers, my source said. By making up survey results — and, essentially, creating people out of thin air and giving them jobs — Buckmon’s actions could have lowered the jobless rate.

Buckmon said he filled out surveys for people he couldn’t reach by phone or who didn’t answer their doors. But, Buckmon says, 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.

But people who know how the survey works say that simply by creating people and filling out surveys in their name would boost the number of folks reported as employed.

Census never publicly disclosed the falsification. Nor did it inform Labor that its data was tainted. “Yes, absolutely they should have told us,” said a Labor spokesman. “It would be normal procedure to notify us if there is a problem with data collection.”

Census appears to have looked into only a handful of instances of falsification by Buckmon, although more than a dozen instances were reported, according to internal documents.

In one document from the probe, Program Coordinator Joal Crosby was ask [sic] in 2010, “Why was the suspected … possible data falsification on all (underscored) other survey work for which data falsification was suspected not investigated by the region?”

On one document seen by The Post, Crosby hand-wrote the answer: “Unable to determine why an investigation was not done for CPS,” or the Current Population Survey — the official name for the unemployment report…

Lest we forget, one of the first things Obama did when he assumed office was to have the White House take control of the Census. Maybe now we know why.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYP: Census Faked Pre-Election Job Numbers”

  1. dasher

    It would be really wonderful if this story had any traction at all with the MSM, but to quote that paragon of liberal virtue: “what difference does it make now?”

    D.

  2. mr_bill

    We’ve all said the numbers were fabricated, almost from the day nerobama strode into the White Hut. We were called paranoid, racist, tin-hatted, conspiracy freaks for asserting the obvious. This story is the proof of our allegations. Now, about all those other things we’ve been saying…

  3. Astravogel

    Cricket Jamboree…

  4. Is anyone here really surprised? I didn’t think so.

    Julius Buckmon probably works for Organizing for America, off the books of course.

  5. I am surprised anyone is surprised by this OCTOBER SURPRISE.

    1. You know the regime has a habit of cheating, such as kicking other candidates of the ballot in Chicago.
    2. They use agencies to do their political bidding such as the I.R.S.
    3. Obama had to find some way to bail himself out for claiming that if he didn’t turn the economy around he would be “facing a one term proposition.” http://tinyurl.com/bgd6w3s

    So you are surprised that the magical number of 8% unemployment rate would deem him unable to be re-elected, just change the numbers, simple as that. Losing an election? Change the numbers, recount recount recount.


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