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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Desperate Walker Turns Fed Email Confirming Data Review Into Official BLS Jobs Release

JS Online Excerpt:
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker said the job-growth numbers he made public earlier than normal were verified Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said the Washington-based agency confirmed Wednesday that Wisconsin added 23,608 jobs in 2011. That's slightly higher than the initial 2011 figure publicized by Walker, which showed a gain of 23,321.

JS Online Excerpt:
However, Rick Clayton, a senior Bureau of Labor Statistics official on Wednesday would only confirm that the agency had completed its review of Wisconsin's 2011 jobs data.

Clayton, who oversees the preparation of the state jobs data, declined to say whether the figure used by Walker was accurate.

"We have completed our review of the data and we will release that data on June 28," which is the regularly scheduled release data, Clayton said.

Additional: Politiscoop - Scott Walker Broke Law Yet Again: Data release in violation of the *Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002

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