Immediately following of a jobs report showing unemployment below 8 percent for the first time in four years, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch accused the White House of skewing the numbers to help President Obama win.
Welch doubled down on his accusation in an afternoon interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying, "I wasn't kidding."
He argued that the gap between the number of new jobs created and the household survey from which the unemployment rate is derived is too large. (Wonkblog explains here why the numbers are what they are.) “I am doing nothing more than raising the question,” Welch told the Journal. “It’s fact-based.”
In an interview with MSNBC later in the day, Welch admitted that he had "no evidence" to back up his claim but again argued that the numbers simply don't add up.