GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

May 1 (Bloomberg) — There is no evidence government employees were instructed to falsify U.S. jobs statistics, an investigation by the Commerce Department’s inspector general’s office concluded today.

The investigators “found no evidence that management in the Philadelphia Regional Office instructed staff to falsify data at any time for any reason,” according to the report. “Further, we found no evidence of systemic data falsification” in that office, and “no evidence that the national unemployment rate was manipulated.”

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