Saturday, February 2, 2013

Brookings Institution exaggerates Obama’s job record -- By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

The sparse job gains from President Barack Obama’s economic policies are being exaggerated by a frequently cited “jobs gap” calculator offered by the Brookings Institution.

The misleading data have been cited by Atlantic magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The , the Huffington Post and National Journal. The data have also been used by several progressive writers and bloggers, including Ezra Klein and Neil Irwin at the Washington Post, and columnist Fareed Zakaria.

Even The Daily Caller has used the calculator, which allows journalists and analysts to plug in monthly job-creation numbers to predict when the unemployment rate will drop to 6 percent or 4 percent — or even 3 percent.

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