The Obama administration is making up fake numbers to blame for the employment losses at Raytheons Defense Systems Center in South Carolina.
The real numbers tell a different story.
Raytheon has lost over 8,000 jobs since October, including over 5,000 of them in the past 24 hours, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Ray theon has also announced plans to cut jobs at two other U.S. defense contractors in the next year.
Now, RaytheON and the GAO are using an entirely different set of figures to blame the jobs losses at the Raytheonic Center in S.C. The GAO has been digging into Raytheonics job losses since April, finding that in September and October, the company lost about 3,600 jobs.
But that’s not the only way that the company has lied about its losses.
In fact, in its recent report, the GAU released an analysis showing that in the period from October to December, Ray theon’s job losses were higher than they were in the previous 12 months.
So the GAOs analysis was entirely wrong, and the numbers that the administration has cited are even more misleading.
The GAO found that, while Raytheonal’s job loss numbers in the month of October were lower than they had been in the months prior to October, in the three months since, the actual job losses are actually higher than the GA’s analysis suggests.
That means that the actual number of jobs lost at Ray theons Defense System Center is actually larger than what the administration is claiming.
As The Federalist reported, the administration claims that it lost 4,000 people during the last 12 months because of Raytheón’s workforce cuts.
When it comes to the real job losses, though, the numbers tell quite the opposite.
According to the latest numbers, RayTheon has actually lost 7,600 employees in the 12 months since Raytheonis job cuts.
The company’s job gains have been even greater.
While the GA has been making this claim, it has yet to publish any of the data that it has collected so far in its investigation.
What is most troubling is that the Obama administration has refused to release the data it is using to make its claims.
The GAU has repeatedly asked the Obama White House for the data in its report, and so far, they have refused to provide it.
Raytheons own press release about the job losses claims is silent on the issue.
“The Department of Defense has repeatedly and publicly refuted Raytheony’s claims and called them ‘fake,’ ” the press release states.
“The Department has provided evidence of RayTheonic’s ongoing workforce reduction programs, and has documented the positive impact on the company’s bottom line.
The Department also has confirmed that RayTheons workforce reductions have led to an increase in payroll.”
The GA has also been working with Raytheoens attorneys to obtain the full set of data from the company.
So far, Rayetheon has been complying with the GA.
But the company says it will continue to withhold the information that it wants to make the case that its workforce cuts are responsible for the job loss.