Strange BLS Numbers Equal Data Manipulation?

Robert Romano at NetRight Daily points out a strange anomaly with the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Throughout much of October, during the partial federal government shutdown, some 700,000 federal workers were furloughed.  Yet, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though they were not working, they were not unemployed, either.

Sure enough, the government’s data shows that the amount of people working in October did decrease by 735,000.

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But the amount of people unemployed only increased by 17,000, creating a 718,000 person disparity.

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Nor were they excluded from the Bureau’s establishment survey of employers, according to agency’s the press release: “Federal employees on furlough during the partial government shutdown were still considered employed in the payroll survey because they worked or received pay for the pay period that included the 12th of the month.”

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