When last month’s jobs report showed a dramatic drop in unemployment, some conservatives invented a new conspiracy that the Labor Department numbers were politically motivated.
On Monday, rumors that Hurricane Sandy may force a delay to October’s jobs numbers invited a new accusation. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted that any delay from the Labor Department would be attempt to sway next Tuesday’s election, and not prompted by a natural disaster:
As it turns out, the Labor Department says its Friday jobs report is still on track for release. Even though federal government offices shut down on Monday due to the hurricane, the BLS said in a statement, “It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual regarding the October Employment Situation report.”