Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton of Gallup – the polling and business consulting organization – recently blew the whistle on Obama’s “big lie,” calling the reported 5.6 percent unemployment rate “extremely misleading.” It didn’t take long, however, for him to walk back those comments while worrying that he might “suddenly disappear” if he disputed the figures the U.S. government reported.
Clifton joined CNBC host Kelly Evans only days after calling out Obama’s highly touted unemployment rate and wanted to let America know the government’s statistics were actually “very, very accurate.”
“I don’t think the government is misleading us at all,” Clifton said. “I think that the number that comes out of BLS [Bureau of Labor Statistics] and the Department of Labor is very, very accurate. I need to make that very, very clear so that I don’t suddenly disappear. I need to make it home tonight.”
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Clifton did go on to mention where the “misleading” information originated from, saying Obama’s unemployment figures only showed one side of the data.
“The president tells us that unemployment is the best it’s been in 10 years. Okay, there’s one side of it,” the CEO said. “Our concern with our analysts is that it’s very misleading because what America really wants are full-time jobs.”
“But here’s the misleading point,” he continued, “the percent of full-time jobs in this country, to the population, is the worst it’s been in 30 years.”
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He contended that if you are unemployed and are no longer searching for a job after four weeks, the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed.
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