Thursday, November 5, 2009

Update: Lies, Damned Lies and Stimulus* Statistics

The Mercatus Center's Veronique de Rugy has more evidence of ridiculous Stimulus* job-counting over at NRO's The Corner.  She finds stories from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (a repeat of the AP article I cited yesterday), and - gasp! - the New York Times that all indicate massive over-reporting in the White House's latest jobs report.

Her conclusions on the NYT Article:
The Times says reports released last week "from more than 130,000 recipients of stimulus money in which they claimed to have saved or created more than 640,000 jobs" are in some cases "simply wrong, while others contain apparently subjective estimates."

Basically, the newspaper admits that maybe the administration can't really calculate the number of jobs saved or created with the stimulus money.
DOH!  Read the whole thing, and the linked articles, here.  That now makes five news stories - reporting from Georgia, Kentucky, Chicago, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Boston, Oregon and Florida - highlighting the rampant problems with the "triple-checked" report.

640,239 jobs "saved or created," huh?  Umm, yeah, not so much.

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