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Krugman apologizes for saying Trump might have manufactured positive job figures

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman apologized Friday after suggesting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE may have influenced surprisingly positive job figures for the month of May. 

His comments came after a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report released Friday that showed the economy added 2.5 million jobs and unemployment dropped to 13.3 percent last month as businesses began to reopen after coronavirus-related closures.

“This being the Trump era, you can't completely discount the possibility that they've gotten to the BLS, but it's much more likely that the models used to produce these numbers — they aren't really raw data — have gone haywire in a time of pandemic,” Krugman tweeted. 

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His comments received widespread backlash, including from Erica Groshen, a former BLS head. 

“As former BLS Commissioner, I see no red flags,” she tweeted. “And, knowing the processes used and integrity of BLS staff, I think it very unlikely.”

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Krugman later apologized, noting he was receiving a lot of “outraged pushback over even allowing the possibility of something amiss at BLS.”