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Source: Census Bureau Fabricating Employment Data in Jobs Report

A source inside the Census Bureau has revealed that employees were instructed to fabricate data included in the nation's unemployment reports. The source identified employment reports surrounding the 2012 election as being manipulated, in particular the unusual unemployment drop from 8.1 to 7.8 from August 2012 to September 2012. 

The Census Bureau was aware of this data corruption. "Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy."  The source explained that the manipulation continued through the 2012 election. It is still taking place. 

The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.

Buckmon told the Post he completed surveys for people who could not be reached for an in-person interview or reached by phone. 

The data fabrication went beyond one employee: “'He’s not the only one,' said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked."

The Census Bureau did not report the manipulation to the Labor Department nor did they disclose it to the public. 


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