The discrepancy seems to be a result of the White House’s phrasing. Politico quotes an e-mail from “a senior administration official” that reads:
The administration says it is on track to save or create more than three million jobs by the time the stimulus program winds down.
The figures might raise a lot of questions, given Thursday’s Associated Press report that said previous estimates of the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program were inaccurate. In fact, errors were found in one in six jobs credited to the program. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the errors weren’t as bad as they were made out to be.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported on a long-awaited third-quarter growth in the gross domestic product, quoting economists who attributed much of the expansion to stimulus spending.
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