Job numbers don’t add up for White House

What looked like a piece of good news on the employment front has turned into an embarrassing gaffe for Barack Obama’s administration, writes Niall Stanage in New York

21st November, 2009

An apparent success for the Obama administration petered out into embarrassment last week after questions were raised about job creation data.

The story began at the end of last month, when the White House reported on its high profile website ( that more than 640,000 jobs had already been saved or created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The act is more commonly known as the economic stimulus plan.

The stimulus, which comes...

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