Friday, September 27, 2013 6:41 pm
Jobs report may be delayed by government shutdown
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
The commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Erica Groshen, said in a memo Friday that the agency's operations will cease and its website will not be updated if a shutdown occurs. But Groshen also said that the White House could authorize the release of the jobs figures.
During a 1995 government shutdown, the Labor Department issued a monthly report on inflation because the government had already gathered the data and didn't want it to leak. Groshen says the White House could take a similar step next week.
If the White House and Congress fail to agree on a spending bill by Tuesday, much of the government will shut down.