>I don’t believe unemployment went down, I think our government is fudging numbers now.
The report doesn’t match up with other jobs data: Today’s report will no doubt be a head scratcher for economists as they try to understand how other labor market data could be so divergent. Earlier in the week, ADP reported private payroll losses of 169,000 for November. The Monster Employment Index, which measures online job demand, actually dipped slightly from October’s number. “This was a shocking report because the reported payroll data bear little resemblance to any other evidence concerning the labor market, including the ADP survey, which is based on hard data from a much wider sample of payrolls than is the government’s survey,” says Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at research firm MFR.