Unemployment

Census Bureau: No Sign of Systemic Manipulation of Jobs Data

Accused of fudging the unemployment numbers in 2012

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The U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday it has asked its inspector general to look into a New York Post report that national employment data ahead of the 2012 election were manipulated.

The bureau says it does not believe any improper conduct was widespread or had any impact on the reported unemployment rate.

"We have no reason to believe that there was a systematic manipulation of the data described in media reports," Census said in a statement. "We carefully cross check and verify the work of our staff to ensure the data's validity."

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