Did Census Bureau Fake Unemployment Numbers Before 2012 Election

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A congressional investigation has been launched into allegations that the United States Census Bureau falsified employment numbers, including in the months just before the last presidential election.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter today to the director the Census Bureau, citing a New York Post story claiming that employment data was fabricated. The report claims the deception took place first in 2010 and then escalated in the run up to the 2012 election. That includes the unemployment rate put out just before the election when it dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent.

President Obama repeatedly touted that number on the campaign trail, telling the American people the unemployment rate had fallen to its lowest level since he took office.

House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on The Kelly File tonight with the latest. He said they’re looking into what the bureau knew. “We now have supposed whistleblowers who are saying we were told to lie about this.”

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