The right wing is going crazy over the jobs numbers, claiming that somebody cooked the books. There are dark references to the "Chicago guys" doing anything to win, and pundit after pundit said the numbers had to be faked.
So, here's the question -- is ADP part of the conspiracy?
ADP, the payroll and business services giant, has been doing its own jobs report since 2006. As explained in the FAQs, "The ADP National Employment Report is a monthly estimate of total nonfarm private employment in the United States derived from aggregated and anonymous ADP payroll data."
As noted by Daily Kos diarist Dagman, the ADP report serves as a secondary data stream that can be compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The two reports have tracked right along for month after month, thus giving a "second opinion" to the BLS data.
So my question is simple: since the ADP report that came out on October 3 supports the BLS report that came out on October 5, how do the conspiracy theorists explain that? Do they think the "Chicago guys" bribed someone at ADP? Do they think that ADP has been fudging their numbers since 2006, just so they could backstop a president six years later?
No, Jack and Donald, there is no conspiracy. There is just a slowly healing economy, a bunch of math geeks at BLS doing their job, and a President that deserves reelection.