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Rick Perry Says Unemployment Numbers Are A 'Sham'

At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), warned the crowd not to trust the falling unemployment numbers coming out of Washington.

Perry said, "I'm going to say this quite plainly. The unemployment rate is a sham. It leaves millions of American workers uncounted." This isn't the first time that Perry has brought this issue up. It is related to conspiracy theories known as unemployment or BLS trutherism, regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is the agency that produces the unemployment rate figures. Theories started rising up when a release of unexpectedly good job numbers elevated Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Even former General Electric CEO Jack Welch tweeted in 2012, "Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers." Yet, the Washington Post has reported that the BLS is set up so that the White House cannot interfere with its calculations--regardless of the party.

In response, Betsey Stevenson, a former chief economist at the Labor Department tweeted, "Anyone who thinks that political folks can manipulate the unemployment data are completely ignorant of how the BLS works and how the data are compiled." Nonetheless, Perry stated, "The answer is not to expand the welfare state. It's to build the freedom state."

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