Did Census Bureau employees fabricate data used in calculating the nation’s unemployment rate? A House panel, led by Republicans, has opened an investigation.
Reps. Blake Farenthold, Darrell Issa and Kevin Brady submitted a letter to Census Bureau Director John Thompson on Tuesday, demanding the agency investigate allegations that an employee in its Philadelphia office fabricated data under instructions from his supervisor.
The accusations came from a New York Post report, which claims the shady behavior reaches beyond just that one employee and go back at least as far as 2010. “The implications of an unreliable unemployment figure are serious and far-reaching,” reads the congressmen’s letter. “The national unemployment rate affects everything from legislation on Capitol Hill, to Federal Reserve policy, to stock prices on Wall Street.”
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