Sandy May Delay October Jobs Report

GOP cries foul, Labor Dept. says it's working hard to avoid it

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2012 1:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Labor Department started a brief uproar today when it said it might have to put off releasing Friday's jobs report for October because of Hurricane Sandy. That sent off a firestorm among conservative pundits, who sensed an election ploy, Politico reports. Breitbart News' editor-at-large said it would be "absolutely outrageous" and "reeks of desperation."

The Labor Department hastily changed its tune, issuing a statement saying that it was "working hard to ensure a timely release" of the report. "It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual," the senior press adviser tells the Wall Street Journal. Alas, business as usual won't be the order of the day everywhere: The New York Stock Exchange has announced that it will be closed for a second day tomorrow, the AP reports.

In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Sheila Bird, right, waits in line for employment interviews at a job fair at City Target in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, photo, job hunter Bessie Soley, of Locust Grove, Ga., files out an application at the National Job Fair in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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