Department Study Finds No Evidence 2012 Jobs Data Faked
Send a link to a friend
[May 02, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S.
Commerce Department found no evidence to support allegations that the
monthly unemployment rate was manipulated before the 2012 presidential
election, according to a report issued by the agency's office of
inspector general on Thursday.
The department launched the probe last November after the New York
Post reported that data used in the closely watched survey was faked
in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's re-election
campaign, when the monthly unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent
from 8.1 percent.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called the
allegations "shocking" and sought documents and communications
related to the collection of data for the Current Population Survey,
which is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the
The Census Bureau rejected the allegations at the time and said it
reported the claims to the Office of the Inspector General as soon
as it learned of them.
The newspaper story, citing anonymous sources, said the Census
Bureau had caught an employee faking data for the survey in 2010,
and the practice went beyond one employee and had continued. It said
the employees had faked interviews to meet monthly quotas for the
In its report, the Office of Inspector General said it "exhaustively
investigated these allegations and found them to be unsubstantiated.
"However, during our review, we identified several areas where the
Census Bureau could implement policies and improve processes to
better prevent survey data falsification," it added.
[to top of second column]
Among its recommendations were implementing a formal policy that
prohibits any employees suspected of falsifying information from
collecting data during the investigative process, and ensuring that
supervisors have all available tools to detect and prevent such
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; additional reporting by Lucia Mutikani;
editing by Ken Wills)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.