"An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.
The government's first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.
The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced."
The report goes on to state that there is no evidence the White House did this intentionally and they will fix the numbers. The White House says it was aware of the problem, but they did not seem to publicly fix it until now, when the AP found the errors.
Were the numbers inflated intentionally or was it an honest mistake? What could have caused the error? Is the government trying to make it seem like the stimulus money is working when it really is not?
Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands - Yahoo! News