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Your Saturday headline read "Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8 Percent, But Not Without Issue." Not without issue? I take issue ... with this headline.

The casual reader concludes that there is some controversy about the facts. But in fact, as is revealed in another article buried six pages into the paper, "there is no evidence that the numbers were tainted." There is no evidence either that the numbers can be accounted for even by changes in the number of those seeking work last month.

In fact, coming on the heels of two previous months in which the employment figures are now adjusted upward, these new data are consistent with the view that the pace of recovery is trending upward. This is good news. So what is the issue?

The issue is that the right-wing propaganda machine is, as usual, cooking up conspiracy theories for our consumption (that "these Chicago guys will do anything") with no basis in fact. Who cares about Jack Welch's tweets? Does this man have access to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data? Does he actually have evidence of tampering? This would be a major Watergate-like scandal. A charge like this is quite serious and requires some justification.

In the absence of evidence, a "tweet" by a disgruntled Republican is not news and should not be lent credibility by sensational headlines like the one you posted on Saturday. Why not just "Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8 Percent"? Shame on you, Post-Gazette.

TOM KAMARCK
Oakland


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