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Census Hiring Boosts Jobs in May

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Posted on Jun 4, 2010
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May’s bump in job creation was mostly due to the hiring of more than 400,000 temporary census workers.

The U.S. economy tacked on 431,000 new jobs in May, the biggest monthly jump in a decade, but most of those were people hired for the 2010 census count, and those jobs will vanish after the summer.

Private-sector job growth remained weak, making things tough for the 15 million Americans still looking for work. —JCL

The New York Times:

Employers added 431,000 nonfarm jobs nationwide in May, the biggest increase in a single month in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday. But the bulk of the growth was in government jobs, driven by hiring for the 2010 census, and private-sector job growth was weak.

The unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent nationwide, from 9.9 percent in April, the department said.

The figures for May represented the fifth consecutive month that payrolls have risen, but fell below analysts’ expectations that 540,000 jobs would be added to the economy. The shortfall sent stocks down sharply on Wall Street. Most of the private-sector gains were in manufacturing, but over all, the figures suggest that nongovernment hiring was weak.

Altogether, 411,000 of the jobs added were for census workers whose positions will disappear after the summer.

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By knobcreekfarmer, June 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

even though I despise the hate pushing egotistical nut job rush limbaugh is,
that’s exactly what he said when those numbers came out for may…

the more we yell at each other the faster and deeper “the man” (i.e. the
corporately controlled government) gets into our pocket

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By rico, suave, June 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

Then there’s the anecdote about the census worker who was hired, laid off, hired, laid off and hired. She counts for three new jobs in May.

I suppose the government could hireand lay off and rehire a 100,000 workers ten times if it want to in order to massage the numbers.

Obviously the stock market, the only accurate bullshit detector we have, saw through the bullshit and reacted accordingly.

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