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Friday’s Unemployment Report May be Delayed

by Keith Koffler on October 29, 2012, 1:43 pm

I don’t think they’ll do this. It just would draw too much outrage and suspicion.

But the Wall Street Journal is reporting that there is a chance Friday’s jobs report, which I think is likely to show either no change or a slight increase in the unemployment rate, will be delayed because the government is closed today due to the storm.

The government is likely to be closed Tuesday as well.

Labor Department officials say they are working furiously to get the report out.

From the Wall Street Journal, which apparently got an angry phone call after its initial story that the jobs numbers might be delayed:

UPDATE: 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’s wiggle room in the statement, but believe me, the report will be out.


Just2old October 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Maybe I’m a bit jaded but if the report reflects poorly on the Preezy, it will be delayed and the delay blamed on the storm. Chicago politics are what is going to sink obama (among everything else).

RickW October 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

And if people like us sound the alarm, we will be accused of being uncaring for the plight of government workers and their families. Marvelous

ol gator October 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

why ask why? These numbers are being “cooked up” along with all the other reports this WH has a finger on. You just cant trust this corrupt rogue of a President who is desperately clinging to power.

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Q. What do you need to cook the numbers?

A. Crock of Sh*t Pot.

Girly1 October 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The numbers are probably already cooked. What does Hilda Solis have to lose – her integrity?

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Certainly not her Democrat-virginity.

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

“It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual,”

The road to hell is paved with wiggle room.

SocialismAndObamaSucks October 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

You know it cant be good… otherwise it would be all over the letterman top ten list.
I wonder if the liberal news media will report any of this and ask some questions? Nahhh… what was I thinking????
The people of this country REALLY need to start fixing the media.
Why didn’t the FCC pull CBS’s broadcasting license when they fabricated a story about Bush to try and get Gore elected?? Anyone ever ask that?

Langley Spook October 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Mr. Koffler,
You “trust” a Washington DC Govt. agency ‘spokesman/press advisor’? -LMAO!! LMAO!!!

(someone in DC needs to be asking why/how Gen. Ham, of AFRICA-COM was suddenly/quietly ‘sacked’ last week…because he was about to send a rescue team to Benghazi against WH/DOD/State Dept orders…?)

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

There’s a loaded question Langley. I was wondering about the very same story. They ushered Gen. Ham off with the same speed as the same guy who made a youtube video.

beammeup October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

What the hell is going on????

srdem65 October 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Gee, tell them not to get their government issued shorts in a twist over another laughable jobs report. We don’t believe what they report, so we really don’t care if they do their job or not.

We don’t believe what our government tells us about anything anymore, just as we don’t have any faith in the journalistic honor of our free press. They lie to us, spin facts to make themselves look good, and just out and out lie about their failures.

Jack October 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

srdem65 you are very correct. The worst part of the Obama’s administration has been the corruption that is polluting almost every aspect of every government institution and those of the civil society. There was a time, not long ago when the American values were as strong as to have the drug lords of Colombia proposing to the Colombia’s government to pay that country’s debt rather than being extradited to the US to face the American judiciary. Today the taliban are guests of honor at the WH and the MSM a low class propaganda machine.

Frederick October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Last months numbers showed a decline of .3% (from 8.1% to 7.8%) only because 33,000 unemployed in California were left out. I suppose now they cannot include California without at least showing the rate is back over 8%. So their only alternative before the election is to report …. nothing.

SocialismAndObamaSucks October 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

If they showed the REAL unemployment numbers, they could leave out the worst 49 states and it would STILL be over 8%

gracepmc October 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Keith, To your “it would draw too much outrage and suspicion” — like 7 hours of Sit Room Benghazi real time viewing of the murders of 4 Americans and pleas for help? Please, this Administration does whatever it damned well wants to and the mainstream media is absolutely fully complicit in covering it up.
I am outraged.

Susan October 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I read the closure report on DC and it doesn’t include teleworkers. Betcha 90% of the U.S. Labor Department employees telework. No excuse for postponing the report because of weather.

Also, heard rumors that he’s trying to fenagle a postponement of the election because of Sandy. Of course the constitutional law professor would know that would be unconstitutional, but why let a crisis go to waste…

Girly1 October 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I wonder if these folks will be counted as ‘temporary workers’ in the FRI jobs report:

Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree via Twitter

Star October 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

No–but I bet the temporary storm cleanup workers will come into the numbers too late….ha! (So why not you know, sorta add them now?)

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Oh Girly – didn’t ya know they’re entrepreneurs a/k/a liberals-in-the wings following “his’ every word.

I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
- Barack Obama 2008

JP October 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hey everyone: let’s take bets on what the number will be. My guess is that the cooked numbers will make Obama look good…with the 7.8% trending down to 7.5%. What does everyone else think?

Star October 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Agree…stick hand in hat and pull out a number.

Star October 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This reminded me of a book title I heard–WHAT DOES NOT KILL ME MAKES ME BITTER. About where I stand now on this.

mprasek October 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Never let a crisis go to waste.

mo1 October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The report will be delayed only if the correction shows the last number should have been above 8%. Since it appears the numbers initially released are not accurate, there would be no other reason for the Labor Department to delay putting out the numbers.

Sadie October 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I believe they already have the numbers, which probably explains this….

President Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, told reporters that the Romney campaign would not be bouyed by a bad jobs report on Friday, the weekend before Election Day.
“That is kind of a perverse sentiment,” Axelrod said in response on a conference call today. “I think they’re going to be disappointed.”

And if anyone knows “perverse” inside out it’s Axelrod, full-time loyalist to Perversedent Obama™.

Girly1 October 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

“Pervesedent Obama”…another fantastic Sadie original!

Agree about the numbers….it’s their last hurrah!

gracepmc October 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I found this to be very informative in how to get your congress critter to get this jobs report out.