Early returns on stimulus, fourth quarter: Obama admin continues to abuse 'created/saved' metric 

For its new stimulus report, the latest version of which was released today, the Obama administration attempted to adopt a new metric to further inflate the numbers on stimulus job creation. I haven't been able to look through enough of the data to say much about how badly this is skewing the final count.

But I can say this for sure: you cannot create a full-time job for less than $10,000. Not legally, anyway.

From the small sliver of jobs reports I've combed through so far -- they account for just under 70,000 jobs -- 2,413 fall into this low-paying category already. That's actually not as bad as I'd expected, although it doesn't necessarily mean that any of the other jobs are for real, either.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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