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The White House broken record on unemployment


Are you getting the impression that nobody’s home at the White House, even as we sinks further into economic depression?  Maybe that’s because every time anxious Americans call to ask about the latest awful unemployment report, they get an answering machine.

The Obama Isn’t Working website has compiled a long list of official White House responses to unemployment reports, all the way back to November 2009.  To say that they all look similar would be an understatement.  They almost invariably include the exact same words issued today: “It is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.”

Here’s a sample, covering just the past six months:

June 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/06/employment-situation-june)

May 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/01/employment-situation-may)

April 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/04/employment-situation-april)

March 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/06/employment-situation-march)

February 2012: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report; nevertheless, the trend in job market indicators over recent months is an encouraging sign.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/09/employment-situation-february)

January 2012: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report; nevertheless, the trend in job market indicators over recent months is an encouraging sign.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/03/employment-situation-january)

Well, at least we can be confident that if one of the remaining four unemployment reports before the election shows even the most modest improvement, we’ll suddenly be told to read a great deal into a single monthly report, and the official White House press release will finally show some creativity.