Census Bureau Accused of Faking 2012 Election Job Reports

censusThe Census Bureau has been accused of fudging reports that showed employment was up during a crucial period of the 2012 presidential election cycle. Bear in mind that this story only mentions that one employee was caught fabricating data.

Via New York Post:

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.

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.

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9 Comments on "Census Bureau Accused of Faking 2012 Election Job Reports"

  1. Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |

    i thought the title said Concensus bureau.
    moving on…
    “on the right we see what’s left of the capital building…” *trailing off away from mic*

    what’s with’m and liking easy-money easy-power builds? come on d&d fans, let’m have it!

  2. gustave courbet | Nov 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

    One of my recent jobs was collecting data for the Current Population Survey or the “unemployment survey” as it is commonly known, for the Census Bureau. This article seems to imply that lowly Field Representatives are gaming the numbers by making up data. While there are undoubtably incidents of this occurring, the scale of the survey would make such acts statistically insignificant. Any gaming of the numbers would have to be done by higher-ups such as the statisticians that crunch the data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics or their bosses.

    • What you mean there is a theoretical patsy?

      • Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

        what is life’s greatest illusion, if not innocence

      • gustave courbet | Nov 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

        I would say the title of the article is misleading or mischaracterizing what the content of the article says. It is describing low level fraud, which while news worthy, is not the same as the type of large scale fraud that would be required to game the numbers for the entire nation in a meaningful way. Maybe more info will come out describing just that, but this article describes managers trying to reach their 90% respondent targets through fraud, which, as anyone who knows the vagaries of metric requirements, will find unsurprising.

  3. emperorreagan | Nov 20, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    The nature of government statistics is manipulation to make the government look better. From deciding to change how they calculate inflation to police departments gaming data to justify their budgets to the NSA making up wholesale bullshit about how many attacks they have prevented by being history’s creepiest stalker, it’s how government agencies work.

    • Lookinfor Buford | Nov 20, 2013 at 11:49 am |

      The realities of public sector, fund-based accounting and how it differs from private entity accounting lends much credibility to your statement. Also, the change in the CPI (inflation) calculation you mentioned, which took place in the late 90’s was as big a sham as any iv’e seen, including TARP and this census corruption. *Everyone* should know about it.

  4. This story has already been debunked. Believing anything from the NY Post is your first mistake, rookie.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/ny-post-election-jobs-numbers-bls-obama-census-julius-buckmon-2013-11

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