Oct 5, 2012 Update: And just like clockwork, they’ve cooked the books again.
Don’t be surprised if August’s unemployment rate gets quietly revised from 8.1% to 8.0% this week. That would set up a more plausible-looking report of 7.9% unemployment for September, since a drop from 8.1% to 7.9% right before the election would look too suspicious.
The Obama Administration can continue to fudge the unemployment numbers by playing around with the number of “discouraged workers,” who have stopped looking for jobs and no longer count as “unemployed” in the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
If that happens, watch for a last-minute blitz of ads from Obama’s campaign trumpeting that unemployment is finally under 8%, thanks to Dear Leader’s wonderful awesomeness. Low-information voters won’t look past the surface to see that the jobs numbers have been cooked, and some might decide to vote for Obama as a result.
Keep an eye peeled.