People are becoming more distrusting of government statistics. The Inflation rate and the Unemployment rate are the first two that come to mind. There is no proof that the government is manipulating it, but we can all feel it. Our insticts tell us that inflation and unemployment is greater than what the government tells us.
For example, after Obama took office in 2008, the Unemployment rate shot up. Then about a year later the Unemployment rate went down. Democrats used this data to claim their policies were making a positive impact on the economy. Don't believe that BS. The real rate has gotten worse. Government has just manipulated the numbers to make a rosier picture. For Unemployment to go down, GDP has to rise a whole lot more than the pitiful increase that it has rose.
For an alternative and probably better indication of the health of the economy you have to look at the ratio between poplulation to employment.
AS you can see from the graph above the population to employment ratio in the United States has steadily decreased since about 2004. Meaning, the actual percent of the population actually working has deccreaseds since then.