[Ed. – The remark about ‘this being the Trump era’ suggests Krugman still believes the Russians colluded with Trump.]
Longtime New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics may have been compromised by the Trump administration, following the agency’s release Friday on an unexpectedly low May unemployment report.
The jobless rate fell last month by 1.4 percentage points, to 13.3% – a tentative yet encouraging sign that the economy may be rebounding from months of lockdowns imposed by state governors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump on Friday called the jobs report a “stunner,” a “stupendous number” and “joyous.” But Krugman – a Nobel Laureate and economist who has written for the Times’s op-ed page for roughly 20 years – appeared sharply suspicious of the May numbers.
“This being the Trump era, you can’t completely discount the possibility that they’ve gotten to the “Bureau of Labor Statistic, Krugman tweeted. …