As Barack Obama marched toward re-election last year, he was buoyed by a slowly, but steadily improving job market and a dropping unemployment rate. Now opponents who doubted those figures all along believe they have the proof that the number was deliberately rigged.
John Crudele of The New York Post writes that there was evidence of fraud taking place at the Census Bureau as far back as 2010, and that the fake data was used to calculate the monthly unemployment number. He also cites sources who say that manipulation still goes on today and affected the unemployment report in the lead-up to Obama's re-election. The unemployment number just happened to drop from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent in the two months before the November vote.
The monthly employment number is determined by a survey, conducted by the Census Department, where people are literally called and asked if they have job. That results of that survey are given to the Labor Department, which uses them in their calculations of unemployed Americans. Crudele claims that an employee named Julius Buckmon was caught fabricating interviews to make it look like he had done more work than he had, and Buckmon tells the Post that he was encouraged to do so by "higher-ups." By making up interviewees and giving them jobs, he could theoretically have boosted the data falsely.