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REFILE-Jack Welch terminates column with Reuters, Fortune

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Oct 9 (Reuters) - Jack Welch, the former chairman of GeneralElectric who sparked an outcry with a tweet last weeksuggesting the White House manipulated job numbers for politicalgain, is no longer writing for Reuters or Fortune.

Welch, who co-wrote a column with his wife Suzy Welch, saidhe is terminating the contract because they could get better"traction" elsewhere, according to Fortune.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler confirmed the couplewill no longer be writing for Reuters.

A spokesperson for Welch declined to comment.

Welch took to Twitter on Friday, after the Labor Departmentreported that the unemployment rate fell in September to a nearfour-year low. He alleged that President Barack Obama'sadministration rigged the numbers.

"Unbelievable jobs numbers ... these Chicago guys will doanything ... can't debate so change numbers," Welch tweeted.Obama formerly served as a senator from Illinois, and hiscampaign headquarters is in Chicago.

Welch said on Friday he is not "accusing anyone ofanything." But he stood by his tweet.

Several news outlets including Reuters, Fortune, Bloomberg,the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times covered thereaction to Welch's jobs tweet.

Welch began writing a bi-weekly column with Reuters inJanuary. Time Warner Inc's Fortune also published thecolumns.

(Reporting By Jennifer Saba; Editing by David Gregorio)

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