Labor Department Says It Contacted Commerce on Jobs Allegations

The Labor Department has contacted the Census Bureau about allegations in a New York Post article that the jobs data heading into the 2012 presidential election were manipulated.

“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,” Stephen Barr, a senior managing director in the Labor Department’s Office of Public Affairs, said today in an interview.

The Census Bureau is the government agency that contacts households to get data used to calculate the monthly unemployment rate. It shares those figures with the Labor Department which issues the employment report. The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce.

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