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Liberals Cheer When Obama Does it, Screamed “Illegal!” When Walker Did it

This sound familiar?

Earlier this month on MSNBC, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said President Obama “hasn’t created one single net new job since he’s been president.”

The claim, though lacking some context, was true in a literal sense and served as an enticing line of attack for the Romney campaign, fueling his narrative that Obama has failed to substantially improve the economy.

But the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that it had under-counted private sector net job growth from April 2011 through March 2012 by 453,000, and over-counted new government jobs by 67,000. That’s 386,000 net new jobs created — enough to put Obama into positive net job growth territory since taking office, a time when the economy was in free fall.

Rewind four months ago, and we all remember this.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said the Washington-based agency confirmed Wednesday that Wisconsin added 23,608 jobs in 2011. That figure is slightly higher than the initial 2011 figure publicized by Walker, which showed a gain of 23,321 last year.

However, Rick Clayton, a senior Bureau of Labor Statistics official on Wednesday would only confirm that the agency had completed its review of Wisconsin’s 2011 jobs data.

Clayton, who oversees the preparation of the state jobs data, declined to say whether the figure used by Walker was accurate.

“We have completed our review of the data, and we will release that data on June 28,” which is the regularly scheduled release data, Clayton said.

The jobs numbers dominated political debate Wednesday night after Walker’s announcement.

In response to Walker, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate issued a statement claiming that Walker’s pre-release is “illegal” – a charge that a bureau official said is unfounded.

Tate cited a 2006 order by the commissioner of the bureau that said it is illegal to pre-release monthly bureau jobs data, which at the national level comes with a closely held embargo and is highly sensitive because it can cause major moves in financial markets.

But the monthly BLS data, which is collected and owned by the federal government, is different from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data, which is the information Walker released. The Quarterly Census data is collected and owned by each state, Clayton said.

“The commissioner’s order does not apply to the (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages,),” Clayton said. “The states have the right to use it as they see fit.”

What the Obama BLS released today was the Quarterly data.

Somehow, I missed the press release of rage from DPW.  Go figure.

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  • No. Walker assailed the standard measure, then used adjusted numbers, PLUS the numbers he just assailed, PLUS unadjusted, prematurely released numbers he had just assailed. If my side ever tried to do that I would laugh with equal vigor, I promise you.