October 7, 2012
In this July 30, 2011 file photo, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. West agreed with former GE CEO Jack Welch's skepticism of the Labor Department's announcement on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent the month before.
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When conspiracists suggested Friday that the Obama administration had engineered a sharp drop in unemployment to aid President Barack Obama's re-election, the response was swift. Career government officials, economists and even some Mitt Romney supporters issued a collective sigh.
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