With a rising unemployment rate set to dent President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts, the mainstream media is about to go into full-spin mode. They can take their cues from the Bureau of Labor Statistics itself, which announced that the jobless rate had risen from 8.2 to 8.3 percent in July but called the result “essentially unchanged.” Look, also, for the media to emphasize that jobs grew by 163,000–without noting that the number is seasonally adjusted to account for one million holiday jobs lost each year at this time, and without noting that June’s job numbers were revised downwards radically, from 80,000 to 64,000.

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