White House Spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday called a New York Post story that claims the Census Bureau manipulated jobs numbers during the 2012 election “misleading.”
Carney on NYPost story about “faked” BLS numbers: “That story is obvoiously misleading. I think a lot of people shed a lot of credibility”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) November 19, 2013
An anonymous, “knowledgable source” told the New York Post on Monday that an employee at the Census Bureau manipulated data for a jobs report that ultimately led to a lower unemployment rate ahead of the 2012 election.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics contacted the Census Bureau about the allegations on Tuesday, and Stephen Barr, a spokesman for the Labor Department, told Bloomberg that the Commerce Department will be investigating the claims made in the New York Post story.
“We have contacted the Census Bureau about the allegations and we understand that the matter has been referred to the Commerce Department for an investigation,” Barr said.