The White House launched a new excuse for unemployment figures: the numbers are “distorted.”

White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be released on Friday.

“The blizzards that affected much of the country during the last month are likely to distort the statistics. So it’s going to be very important … to look past whatever the next figures are to gauge the underlying trends,” Summers said in an interview with CNBC, according to a transcript.

It’s not enough that the water-carrying media reports each month’s statistics as “worse than expected” or “surprising.” 

How long will this meme last?

Jim Geraghty asked how much the economy would have to improve by fall to help Democrats in the elections.   

The official WH answer: the numbers are “distorted.”  Even they know the economy will worsen by November.


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