Job Numbers Could Be Delayed
Even though it’s because of an act of nature (are you listening, Pat Robertson?), conspiracy theorists are sure to chalk this up to a plot to delay the numbers until after the election, even though such a delay is unlikely.
“We will assess the situation when the weather emergency is over and notify the press and public of any changes at that time,” said Gary Steinberg, spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data arm of the department.
The Labor Department is also scheduled to release its third quarter employment cost index Wednesday, and the third quarter productivity and weekly jobless claims reports Thursday.
The most closely watched is Friday’s jobs report, which will give the final measure the unemployment ahead of next week’s presidential election.