Just before last year’s election some odd numbers floated out of the USBLS. Strikingly, just weeks before the election, unemployment slid from 8.1% to 7.8%. Many economists and CEOs said, “No way. It’s just not true.” Those who attacked the numbers were immediately labeled racist, conspiracy theorists who just wanted the president to lose reelection.
Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO, was particularly outspoken about the numbers. Welch took to Twitter, “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” The Obama administration immediately attacked back by calling Welch’s claims, “Ridiculous.”
According to a report by the NY Post, a Census employee was told to fabricate information by his superiors. The report added that the issue continues to this day.