One of the guys who was supposed to be going door-to-door surveying people in the Washington, DC, area about their employment situation was faking the responses.
As it turned out, that guy — Julius Buckmon — was falsifying loads of responses. In fact, the number was said to be more than 100 a month for the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is turned into the nation’s unemployment rate.
The word is that Buckmon had been doing this for at least five years before he was caught and that his actions were known to some insiders. How high up this scandal went, even Buckmon didn’t know.
Buckmon, whom I interviewed before he went into hiding, said higher-ups encouraged him to cheat.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Department of Labor needs to own up to fake unemployment numbers | New York Post.