There are increasing reports that the federal government -- apparently for partisan political purposes -- has been rigging and is continuing to rig numbers that it officially reports.
The House Oversight Committee is demanding that the Census Bureau provide more information about a New York Post report claiming that monthly unemployment numbers were fixed ahead of the 2012 presidential election. The agency has turned the claims over to its inspector general. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Megyn Kelly of Fox News, “You’re talking about something that escalated over potentially the course of years and culminated right before an election.”
See both this report and this one.
The lesson to take away from this is to treat with great skepticism, if not outright distrust and rejection, anything emitted by the government.