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Thursday, October 29, 2009

AP Busts White House On Inflated Report Of Stimulus Jobs

The Associate Press fact checked the White House's figures on how many jobs Obama's stimulus plan created and found that Team Obama inflated numbers and misrepresented much of the information.

An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.

The government's first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.

The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.

They list examples of their findings and the White House assures them the mistakes will be corrected, but as the AP notes:

As of early Thursday, on its Web site, the government was still citing 30,383 as the actual number of jobs linked so far to stimulus spending, despite the mistakes the White House has now acknowledged and said were being corrected.

One word..... BUSTED.