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Unemployment Numbers Are Kept Under Guard

by Caitlin Kenney
Oct 6, 2012 (All Things Considered) — The unemployment rate has dropped to 7.8 percent -- that's the lowest rate in President Obama's presidency. Numbers like these are calculated and released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and highly anticipated by not only politicians but money managers and traders around the world. In the run up to the release, the government office does everything possible to keep these numbers locked up. (This piece initially aired Aug. 3, 2012 on Morning Edition.)

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