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  • ** FILE ** In this Sept. 27, 2006, file photo, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch addresses students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass. Conspiracy theorists came out in force Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, after the government reported a sudden drop in the U.S. unemployment rate one month before Election Day. Welch tweeted his skepticism five minutes after the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent the month before. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Officials reject conspiracies on unemployment rate

    When conspiracists suggested Friday that the Obama administration had engineered a sharp drop in unemployment to aid President Barack Obama's re-election, the response was swift.


  • **FILE** Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks Aug. 30, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's fudged unemployment numbers

    It says a lot when a government jobs report is so out of line with reality that no thoughtful person can take it seriously. At best the new unemployment number is a fluke; at worst it is the product of partisan hacks.


  • FILE - In this July 30, 2011 file photo, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Conspiracy theorists came out in force Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, after the government reported a sudden drop in the U.S. unemployment rate one month before Election Day. West agreed with former GE CEO Jack Welch's skepticism of the Labor Department's announcement that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent the month before. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

    Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing.


  • ** FILE ** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Maryland lost 10,000 jobs in 2012, tops in U.S., feds say

    After a poor June jobs report, Maryland has lost more jobs in the first six months of 2012 than any other state in the nation, according to numbers released from the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • Illustration Unemployment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    FERRARA: U.S. still stuck in recession

    This latest recession started in December 2007. Since the Great Depression 75 years ago, recessions in America have lasted an average of 10 months, with the longest previously lasting 16 months, not counting this latest spooky downturn.


  • Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Obama's dishonest jobs math

    President Obama announced two weeks ago that "the private sector is doing fine." Though he later backpedaled from this remark, he stood by his fundamental contention that the private sector was creating large numbers of jobs, and that more money needed to be spent by the government to keep up the public-sector pace.


  • Illustration by Donna Grethen

    HUNTER: The real unemployment rate

    At first glance, the latest jobs report for the month of April shows some promising signs: 115,000 jobs created and a lower official unemployment rate, albeit only by one-tenth of a percent. Unfortunately, things are not always what they seem and, in this instance, a closer look reveals something much different.


  • President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's cooked jobs books

    In March, 120,000 jobs were created, while more than 330,000 people dropped out of the workforce. For self-serving reasons, the Obama administration spins this as good news.


  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    LAMBRO: Bad news buried, Obama boasts

    President Obama seized upon last week's improved jobs report as "more good news" on the economy, though the true unemployment rate never made the headlines.


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