Employment

Despite Storm, Jobs Figures Will Be Released Friday

There was much speculation the administration would sit on the numbers

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed to me on Oct. 31 that it will release the monthly jobs report on schedule this Friday. That takes the wind out of the sails of conspiracy theorists, who speculated that the administration might use Hurricane Sandy as an excuse to delay a bad jobs number that would hurt President Barack Obama's chances of reelection. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, channeling his inner Jack Welch, had earlier tweeted: "Labor Dept says may release latest Unemployment figures until after election. Par for course. Why release something might hurt Obama elect?"