The number of people who think these statistics are manipulated by the Obama administration (or other pro-Obama group) is mind boggling.
This is what happens when you're not only entitled to your opinion, but also your own facts.
The reality is that they do manipulate it, but they don't do it on a month to month basis. They change structures on things, like reclassifying of people to U6 so they don't count in top line number.
Tweaking it on a monthly basis would be way too hard and way too many people involved to make it practical. People talk, and it would have come out long before this. But structural changes are easy to implement and do the job much more effectively.
reality is we have had 10%+ unemployment since 2001.