AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: DATE: 1/12/2004 09:21:00 AM ----- BODY:
Think about this when you go to vote.
[T]he chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, N. Gregory Mankiw, said in an interview that the official job count showing 1,000 new jobs in December was not accurate by itself. "I view all economic statistics as imperfect," he said. "They have to be taken with a grain of salt." In challenging the reliability of the official count, Mr. Mankiw sought to water down its message, which is that 2.3 million jobs have disappeared since President Bush took office in January 2001.