President Obama / Carolyn Kaster, AP
An inspector general's report rejects claims that officials manipulated unemployment data to help President Obama in the days leading up to his re-election in 2012.
"We found no evidence of systemic data falsification," said the report from the Commerce Department's inspector general.
Conspiracy theories surfaced after the Labor Department reported on Oct. 5, 2012 -- just a month before the election -- that the unemployment rate had fallen sharply from 8.1% to 7.8%.
"The department launched the probe last November after the New York Post reported that data used in the closely watched survey was faked in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign ...
"Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called the allegations 'shocking' and sought documents and communications related to the collection of data for the Current Population Survey, which is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the unemployment rate.
"The Census Bureau rejected the allegations at the time and said it reported the claims to the Office of the Inspector General as soon as it learned of them."
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