Ron Paul says latest jobs report overstating strength of recovery

"This number is expected to rise dramatically next year. The situation in Washington should not give anyone cause for optimism."

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Paul did not specifically charge, as others have, that the Obama administration purposefully altered the employment data for September to show a 7.8 percent unemployment rate.

That was the first unemployment rate below 8 percent under President Obama. But many were suspicious that the report was massaged to make the data look better before the election, in part because the 456,000 fewer people on the unemployment rolls in September was the largest monthly decline in more than 60 years. In addition, the 873,000 more employed people in September was the largest increase in history.

Still, Paul clearly indicated sympathy for those who doubt the accuracy of the September report. He also noted that famed investor Jim Rogers also doubted the September jobs numbers, and that Rogers has said the pending election could be a  factor, "suggesting timing as an extra incentive to keep fudging the statistics."

He also used his statement, titled "Keeping Up Statistical Appearances," to cite the group Shadow Government Statistics, which he said uses other methodologies and shows that unemployment is actually 22.8 percent.

"This is a difficult figure to accept as the actual truth," Paul said. "Perhaps if the politicians did, the people would finally demand real change and real solutions.

"Perhaps they would consider that all of the so-called stimulus spending, quantitative easing and mountains of regulation from Washington has only crippled the economy. Perhaps people would come to understand that fewer checks handed out from the public sector would mean more checks available in the private sector, and a return to real prosperity instead of just the appearance of it."

More generally, Paul noted that since 1994, the government has not counted "discouraged workers," or those who have stopped looking for work, from the unemployment numbers.

"Now all the government has to do to improve the unemployment numbers is discourage people from looking for a job," he said.

He also argued that real economic improvement will only show up for the United States when it reins in the Federal Reserve and shrinks the federal government.

"No one wants to upset the apple cart, even if all the apples are rotten."