I keep coming back to this for two reasons. One is that if the employment-related statistics are erroneous, we are getting a false picture of the economy. The second is that it is a very serious thing for any administration to fudge important economic numbers, but I strongly suspect that is what is happening here.
This post from Zero Hedge discusses several statistics that are likely wrong, including job openings, layoff numbers and payrolls. And it again points out that the underlying basis for many of these numbers–surveys–are seeing historically low response rates, which may partly explain the inaccuracy. (ZH Post)
And this Zero Hedge post focuses specifically on job opening numbers, also finding plenty of reason to doubt the official line. (ZH Post)