Here's an October surprise: Obama's jobs numbers 'miracle'

Unemployment Rate Miraculously Drops To 7.8%, 114K Jobs Added – Update: Real Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 14.7% – Update II: Jack Welch Says Numbers Cooked…

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Something stinks.

…Only in an era of depressingly diminished expectations could the September jobs report be called a good one. It really isn’t. Not at all.

1. Yes, the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the first time it has been below 8% since January 2009. But that’s only due to a flood of 582,000 part-time jobs. As the Labor Department noted:

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”…

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Update: Fuzzy Math?: CNBC Describes New Unemployment Numbers as ‘Contradictory’

Unemployment Rate Plummets to 4.3%… For Government Workers

Jobs report: 114K jobs added, jobless rate 7.8%; Update: CNBC confused by “contradictory” numbers; Update: Bloomberg explains?

…The household survey showed an 873,000 increase in employment, the biggest since June 1983, excluding the annual Census population adjustments. Some 582,000 Americans took part- time positions because of slack business conditions or those jobs were the only work they could find…

So we have people being forced back into the workforce to take part-time jobs, but not good enough jobs to count towards the non-farm payroll growth?  The numbers still don’t quite add up to me, but that household data isn’t nearly as good as it looks….

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[**UPDATE: ROMNEY RESPONDS**] – Unemployment rate drops to 7.8%, job growth still very weak

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Update 2: Surprise! Two Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are Obama Donors

At least two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have contributed to President Barack Obama’s campaign…

Update 3: Under-30 unemployment rate at 11.8 percent

Update 3: Taming Volatile Raw Data for Jobs Reports

…These numbers are always tremendously volatile, but the reasons are statistical, not political. The numbers come from a tiny survey with a margin of error of 400,000. Every month there are wild swings, and no one takes them at face value. The swings usually attract less attention, though, because the political stakes are usually lower…

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