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.