I keep the data as it is first reported from Washington. Usually when they make up numbers they make up lies to go with the numbers. They made up a wallapaloser of a lie for last weeks Unemployment Insurance Claims numbers. As you know, I have been waging a campaign to get Washington to stop with all of the lies about the UI numbers. So now they are adding a few Unemployed people to the numbers to make it look like they offset the 100,000 to 200,000 people they were not counting each week for the past five months. Even though UI claims went down, the DOL said they had gone up and then made up this lie to try to convince the public that there was a reason for the imaginary increase. "WASHINGTON -- The number of new claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week as heavy snows caused layoffs to rise. In addition, many state agencies in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions that process the claims were closed due to the storms and are now clearing out backlogs, a Labor Department analyst said. The department said Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 496,000. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a drop to 455,000."