Obama Labor Dept May Delay Jobs Report Till After Election


Today Obama strategist David Axelrod said that the numbers that would come out about jobs later this week would not give Romney a boost.

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Politico reported that the numbers release on Friday would give a boost in numbers to Romney. “Republican pollster Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group, who helped conduct the poll, said the president turns some voters off when he talks about good economic news because there is a disconnect between what they’re experiencing and what he’s describing. He warns that a bad jobs report Friday could be a game-changer.”

But wait, later on today the U.S. Labor Department came out and….said the hurricane might just delay the release of the jobs report on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reports of the statement released by the Labor Department:

The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it is “working hard to ensure the timely release” of the October jobs report, saying it intends to released the report on schedule Friday despite Hurricane Sandy.

“It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual,” said Carl Fillichio, a senior press advisor at Labor. Mr. Fillichio’s statement provided clarity to an earlier Labor statement that said the agency would assess how to handle data releases this week after the “weather emergency” is over.

There is no doubt that this is a political strategy. Many believe it is a desperation, and that might be, or it may just be politically strategic for the Obama campaign. I mean if you had terrible jobs numbers and you were a Republican, wouldn’t you try to hide them too, especially in a close election? I think so.

The Bureau of Labor is already somewhat suspect after the numbers that came out earlier this month which saw a significant drop in unemployment numbers, but then it was discovered that the entire state of California was not even counted. This will be a roller coaster ride in the final week before the election.

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