Said: "The joblessness numbers are fudged;
Like the numbers I booked
At GE, so I'm able to judge."
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this morning that the unemployment rate had fallen below 8% for the first time since January 2009, it disappointed many Republicans who were hoping for a weak number to strengthen the hand of their Presidential candidate. One of those Romney supporters, former GE CEO Jack Welch, took his disappointment a little too far:
Economists such as Justin Wolfers leapt to the defense of the BLS, which, although part of the President's cabinet, has a proudly independent and non-partisan structure and tradition. Other commentators regarded Mr. Welch with irony and contempt, considering the earnings manipulation that occurred during his management, resulting in a settlement of SEC charges.
Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 5, 2012
Shout-out to all the fans of Dr. Goose at the BLS!