The BLS (New name BS) somehow says 360,000 left workforce in order to take unemployment rate down to 8.1% and now these same people mysteriously add 400,000 jobs. Where and whom? I will take that answer. I think David Axelrod now runs the BLS!

When it comes to economic data, as with much else in life, the media tends to overweight the new relative to the true. So each monthly jobs report is scrutinized, but later revisions tend to get ignored. Yet today the Burea of Labor Statistics did a rebenchmarking and found 386,000 new jobs.

As you’d expect, that doesn’t utterly transform our understanding of the economy. The job market is still weak, all things considered. But it’s not as weak as the data we’ve been seeing imply. And that can help us explain things like “why has the unemployment rate been falling despite weak payroll growth?” or even “how can Mitt Romney be losing with the economy doing so poorly?” The payroll growth maybe wasn’t quite as weak as we thought, and the economy overall was perhaps doing a bit better.