What unemployment-rate conspiracists were saying

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

— "It appears that Obama has hired infamous Iraqi Information Minister Baghdad Bob to calculate the unemployment rate. Anyone who takes this unemployment report serious is either naïve or a paid Obama campaign adviser," Rick Manning, the communications director of Americans for Limited Government, said in a statement.

—"Today's jobs report raises questions for me, and frankly it should be raising eyebrows for people across the country," Rep. Paul Broun, R-M.D. said in a statement.

— Welch "just labeled himself an idiot," said Justin Wolfers, a professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.