Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 5, 2012
Back in the waning days of the 2012 election, former GE CEO Jack Welch caused a brief stir when he casually suggested via Twitter that the Obama administration was manipulating the monthly jobs report for political gain. There didn't seem to be much substance behind the allegations.
Late last night, however, New York Post columnist John Crudele published an article alleging he had found evidence that the jobs report really was cooked. In 2010, Crudele reports, the Census Bureau caught an employee named Julius Buckmon, who conducted surveys around the Philadelphia region, faking data used to calculate the national unemployment rate. According to Crudele, the Census only led a perfunctory investigation of Buckmon. And it may have been ignoring a much larger, more pernicious problem:
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.
Buckmon says that his superiors had instructed him to fabricate survey answers if he couldn't collect enough of them to hit a desired response rate. “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 Crudele.