A number of informed observers noted that the U.S. unemployment rate did not fall precipitously.

During the campaign of 2016, Trump insisted that the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was a hoax.

The data may not be a hoax, but they are wrong.

Robert J. Shapiro explained in the Washington Monthly that the data were wrong.

The Washington Post reported a “misclassification error” that reduced the unemployment rate.

The Post reported that:

When the U.S. government’s official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major “error” indicating that the unemployment rate likely should be higher than the widely reported 13.3 percent rate.
The special note said that if this “misclassification error” had not occurred, the “overall unemployment rate would have been about 3 percentage points higher than reported,” meaning the unemployment rate would be about 16.3 percent for May. But that would still be an improvement from an unemployment rate of about 19.7 percent for April, applying the same standards.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency that puts out the monthly jobs reports, said it was working to fix the problem.

Of course, these careful statements did not present Trump crowing about the jobs report and claiming outrageously that the recently murdered George Floyd would be happy to see the new data. Trump beloveds