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Labor Dept. May Not Release Jobs Report Before Election Day

By GOPUSA Staff

There is one more jobs report due before Election Day. It is scheduled to be released this Friday, giving the candidates about four days to play up or dismiss the numbers. However, the Labor Department says it may not release the report on time... citing difficulties due to Hurricane Sandy.

As noted in the Wall Street Journal, the Labor Department "has yet to make a decision on whether to delay Friday's closely-watched October employment report due to the effects from Hurricane Sandy."

Federal government offices in Washington are closed Monday and may be shut again Tuesday due to the storm. It isn't clear if the closure would cause a delay in processing the data.

"We will assess the situation when the weather emergency is over and notify the press and public of any changes at that time," said Gary Steinberg, spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data arm of the department.

The Labor Department is also scheduled to release its third quarter employment cost index Wednesday, and the third quarter productivity and weekly jobless claims reports Thursday.

Last month's report showed the unemployment rate at 7.8% with even more people stopping their search for work or taking part-time employment.

Barack Obama's chief mouthpiece David Axelrod said that even if the report is bad (like most of them have been during Obama's tenure), it won't help Mitt Romney.

Romney's various reasons for confidence include the belief that "bad jobs number Friday could give final lift," as Politico's Mike Allen noted in the Playbook.

"That is kind of a perverse sentiment," Axelrod said in response on a conference call today. "I think they're going to be disappointed."

News to Axelrod... people do care about jobs, and they are deeply disappointed on the job Obama has done on the economy. Hopefully, the Labor Department will do its job and produce the report on time.

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  1. CarmineComment by Carmine
    October 29, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Of course the unemployment report won’t be released when it is supposed to be. That would run the numbers back up to where they were before. The only reason the numbers came down last month was that California, which has a large amount of unemployment, was not inclueded due to some kind of oversite by one of obama’a supporters. Then instead of dividing the total by 49 because that’s how many states were in the total, the numbers were still divided by 50. This brings the average number down. So the storm is preventing the release on time? Are there any other excuses that they can use to keep obama from looking as bad as he is?

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      October 29, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      Yes, “there are other excuses they can use to keep obama from looking as bad as he is”. They are called democrats.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      October 29, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      if the numbers could conceivably help Obama, they’ll be released, storm or no storm. if they’d help Romney, expect them NEXT Friday.

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      October 29, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

      I guarantee that the unemployment rate is higher than 8.3%.

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  2. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    October 29, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    It won’t help Obama because Americans already know how bad the economy is with or without Obama’s doctored percentages.

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  3. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    October 29, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Sooooo. We don’t put much faith in the reports anyway. 20112 is campaign year. Muslims believe that lies are just fine if it helps you. Report or not President 0 still does not understand how his clownin around has caused loss of jobs.

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    • dmttbt6Comment by dmttbt6
      October 30, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      WE HAVE ROMNESA invented by obama, but that can’t hold a candle to OBAMA MATH. With obama when the figures get worse they say we are eaded in the right direction.
      Yes he will not worry about a third term because lke all great dictators he will rule until he is dead. Like it or not that is the way things go in a communist country.
      I take offense to the politicians saying, ” you don’t want to go back to the system that got us in this situation.” Yes I do it was not the system(capitolism) that was bad it was those who used and abused that system, including Bill & Hillary Clinton.

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  4. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    October 29, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    As Dana Carvey’s Church Lady used to say, “How con-veeeeen-ient!”

    Not only does the Obama Administration illegally tell all government contractors to violate the WARN Act and not issue lay-off notices because of the pending sequestration (which Obama flatly says won’t happen (and then his minions have to walk that back to “shouldn’t” happen) and also because of the resulting fiscal cliff, but that they also will use our tax payer money to “defend” the contractors if they subsequently are sued by workers who didn’t receive the notice they deserved.

    And now, Obama’s Labor Department all of a sudden can’t publish last month’s (probably abysmal) jobs report because of the storm?

    We already know that the last report before this one was only as artificially good as it was because of more taxpayer money than usual being dumped into federal jobs all of a sudden.

    So, is there ANYTHING the Obama Amateur Hour Administration will NOT do to help this failed president limp across the reelection line for another term? I know the Chicago way is the cheating way, but puh-leeze!

    As I said, “How con-veeeeen-ient!”

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    • jberry50Comment by jberry50
      October 29, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

      “Isn’t that special”?! Obama and fellow marxist clowns have had their chance and REALLY SCREWED UP!No more chances and I don’t care what they say the job numbers are because all they do is lie,lie and lie more! Vote for Romney.Period!

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  5. beriberiComment by beriberi
    October 29, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Who are they kidding? ? ?

    after more than 30 years of government service there is one thing i am very sure of . . . those numbers are in and already massaged by the high muckeymucks number crunchers, and the report is ready to go as we speak.

    sorry obozo the report hold out is not going to do you any good, it appears that you are history . . . start packing, but don’t pack up any of the public’s property like your predecessor did 12 years ago. oh by the way and don’t go on a data destruction rampage either.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      October 29, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

      If it doesn’t come out, the numbers are for sure bad. Is the September/October report traditionally bad because of the loss of summer hires??

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  6. petersenonmainComment by petersenonmain
    October 29, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    It is sure convenient that out of 48 months that Obama has been in office the unemployment #s have always came out on time and just before the election there are 2 months in a row that they get screwed up JUST AMAZING isn’t it. You can’t tell me or any other thinking American that the data will not be in the computers by Friday. These Obama people must think ( I am sorry, think should not be used in the same sentence as Obama’s people.) that the American people are as stupid as they are.

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    • defendconstitutionComment by defendconstitution
      October 29, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Unfortunatly about 45% of the voters really are that stupid. Whatever bho says is the absolute truth and no amount of facts will change their minds.

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  7. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    October 29, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Of course not. Just like an annual budget is not on time (or even completed), the OIRA regulations report (April report never presented, October to be late as well).
    This government is an absolute FAILURE at EVERYTHING. I only say this because apparently I’m a racist…

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  8. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    October 29, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    What a convenient time for a storm……….right, Obama?

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      October 30, 2012 @ 4:07 am

      Such a freak storm the likes never seen before in the Northeast is convenient, isn’t it? Maybe the conspiracy rumors about HAARP being operational are true.

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  9. susieqComment by susieq
    October 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Who cares? Everyone knows they will suck and be inflated. Anyone with one brain cell firing knows all this administration knows how to do is lie and lie more. Bye Bye Obama!

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  10. gnafuComment by gnafu
    October 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    According to Obama the unemployment is 7%. He tells us this in all sincerity. When, actually the unemployment is closer to 15%. Obama tells us 7% because he counts only those who are unemployed. He doesn’t count those who are unemployed and looking for work. Therefore, I’m not sure what the I’m supposed to believe. According to Obama’s Economy Czar it is easier to have Obama’s supporters stop looking for work. I’m not sure what I just wrote but it is as sensible as what obama thinks and tells the public; and, Democrats believe it but don’t know what Obama is telling them. In other words, we get double talk from Obama about the economy including the unemployed and he expects us to figure it all out when he doesn’t know what the he is talking about.

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  11. JDZComment by JDZ
    October 29, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Amazing isn’t it? It just never stops. This administration is the most corrupt, irresponsible, and incompetent administration in my lifetime. They just continue to screw up and will try anything to cover up their messes, the latest being the irresponsible behavior that cost the life of our ambassador to Libya and two Navy Seals and a CIA operative in Benghazi.

    I just hope that enough American voters have realized the mistake that was made in the election of Barack Obama as the President of our great and exceptional country.

    We must replace Obama with someone we can trust and who has ethics and a value system consistent with the majority of Americans, and that person is Mott Romney.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      October 30, 2012 @ 4:14 am

      What do you expect from someone steeped in the old Mayor Daley Chicago Mob Democrat Party Political Machine mentored by Saul Alinsky and working according to the Cloward-Piven plan?

      Unfortunately I believe that cabal will deliver the election to Mr. (intentional) Obama by hook or crook. Say goodbye to the USA and hello to the USSA.

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  12. Bill from MiddletownComment by Bill from Middletown
    October 29, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Don’t hold your breath, waiting for that report.

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  13. FlyboyComment by tw4300
    October 29, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Well, well, well. It seems the jobs report may be a casualty of Obama’s most transparent administration like military ballots burning up in a plane that had to make an emergency landing. Again, as Dana Carveys character the “Church Lady” would say…..How conveeeeeeeeeeeenient.” At least an Ambassador to Libya and 3 other American heroes didn’t have to die in the taking out of the ballots. I fear for this country due to the fact that there are so many idiots out there who don’t really know why they’re voting or truly what they’re voting for. Just give me my Obama phone and I’ll be fine. Enslave me and the rest of the country in insurmountable debt so we can all be in the poor house.

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  14. Geneva CoatsComment by Geneva Coats
    October 30, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Hopefully the storm in the Northeast will keep lots of the Democrats home on Tuesday. I know those of us who support Romney will be voting on Tuesday COME HELL OR HIGH WATER.

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  15. kamaka kaaiComment by kamaka kaai
    October 30, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    The American public should be cognizant about its POTUS’ lack of integrity and transparency.
    This lying CLOWN will do anything, namely LIE, CHEAT, and STEAL to be re-elected. Case
    in point, is the current Libyan crisis cover up and the deaths of 4 Americans, which he and the main
    media refuse to honestly address.

    I sincerely hope his liberal base / followers will soon be aware – preferably before the November
    2012 reelection – of his despicable traits. The truth, however, is “too many have drank Odummy’s
    intoxicating “kool aide” and / or received excessive government entitlements that getting rid of
    bho – purposely written in lower case – means “no more Messiah” and / or “no more free stuff”!

    Obama’s transformational change(s) will forever alter the USA’s prominent military, economic, and
    political roles / status in the world. Having said this, we should NOT say “God Bless Odummy”, but
    rather “…G D Obama! Hopefully, God will not hold it against me for using his name in vain
    regarding a Muslim, who was born in Kenya!

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  16. pkeyrichComment by pkeyrich
    October 31, 2012 @ 1:47 am

    It would be wiser to not have the report released until after the elections at this point because such an announcement may not include all States reporting as happened last month, and such announcements could be viewed as an election “surprise” designed to influence voters at the last moment. We can wait until the day after elections for the labor reports. Also, every month employment numbers are released, they are always wrong and adjusted a week later.

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