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Government Printing Office produces hefty copies of 2013 budget

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Government Printing Office GPO) employees Clark Hopkin, left, and Sam Simm, ready copies of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget books on Thursday in Washington.

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Government Printing Office (GPO) employees, from left, Leon Thornton, Quintin Mozie and David Pennington, work on copies of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 budget book on Thursday.

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Copies of of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget are readied for shipment.

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Copies of of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office.

The budget contains an unemployment rate forecast averaging 8.9 percent in 2012, but a different projection may emerge:

"The forecast of the unemployment rate that will accompany the budget should be considered stale and out of date," wrote Alan Krueger, who is chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

In mid-November, when the economic forecasts were compiled, the nation's latest reported unemployment rate was 9 percent. Last month, the jobless rate dropped to a three-year low of 8.3 percent as employers added 243,000 new jobs.