And the Census Jobs Bubble Bursts

census-jobs-2010We all knew it was coming: that big Census employment bubble that was inflated by 411,000 new jobs and sent the unemployment rate down to 9.7 from 9.9 was only temporary. It reached its peak in early May, when a whopping 585,729 people were employed by the Census Bureau. By mid-June, that number had dropped to 330,737. You can keep track of the layoffs city by city at the Census Bureau website.

This could have a huge impact on the entire nation, let alone the 254,992 people who are now jobless again, after working only a few months ... or a few weeks. "A couple week's work--that's about all I got," says "Colleen," a temporary hire who scored well on the Census Bureau's test and spent the last two months waiting to be called in for service. She was recently told she would no longer be needed by the Census Bureau, but didn't want to give her real name for fear that potential employers might perceive her as a complainer.

These layoffs will doubtless have a big effect on next week's June employment report, which will be released Friday. The previous month's report always comes out on the first Friday of the proceeding month. A preliminary Reuters poll found that economists are expecting an overall June payroll decline of 70,000 jobs, even though they expect the private sector to add 113,000 positions.

Census jobs count in the government sector, which is factored separately from the private sector. But those same economic experts predicted a Census drop of about 180,000 jobs in June, which is well short of the actual 254,992, whose numbers were, released after the economists made their predictions.

Which makes one wonder what do the experts actually know? Last month, economists predicted the private sector would add more than double the 41,000 jobs that actually came into being. They were surprised by the weakness and sluggishness of the supposed recovery.

"I'd still rather hear overly positive predictions than overly negative ones," says Colleen, who has added Census Bureau work to her résumé and has renewed her job search. "I'm hoping the people who do the hiring will see my Census Bureau experience and realize that I'm very motivated and skilled enough to land even a temporary job in this highly competitive environment." They should also appreciate her ability to make lemonade out of lemons.

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Betty Gheen

By the way, HL, it will help you a lot to learn spelling and punctuation.

July 01 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@Jules, you missed my point. The constution is what our forefathers fought for. Why do we have to fill out the census? The information is already availabe through: tax records (apt., home, condo, farm, amount of earnings, etc,), school records (how many kids, what ages,recieving a 'lunch program'), motor vechicles (what type of car, how many cars, etc.) Social Security/Workmans Comp (information on wages, or employment, injured, etc). I'm saying WHY spend the money to send out forms, letters to announce they are sending out forms when the goverment already HAS the INFORMATION and conduct a more accurate count. My neighbor never received a census form so Him and his Wife and thier 3 kids aren't being counted either. BUT the goverment already has the information thru him and his wife's tax, property records, automobile records,school records, etc.. Think of the amount of info the goverment has already and why can't they do the census from that. PS, we will never know the amount of 'Illegal Aliens' as they don't usally leave a paper trail (paid cash, no social security, etc.) so the census still will not be an accurate account of the populace of this country!

June 29 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lynda tallman

so if Obama is so against oil and wants to invest in clean fuel, why did he give 2 billion of our money to Brazil for drilling oil? wake up folks... anyone found the "missing" stimulus money yet?

June 28 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The chinese are the ones doing the drilling and we owe them money for helping with the elections in 2008 and this nov. plus not to mention some strong arm twisting to borrow more money to bail out our unions, the tarp money was not enought to save the union retirement funds, and the union health care system which is somewhat exempt from the government health care bill, the teacher unions are in trouble as well and they have to help with this nov. election cycle as we need at least 200 million in each state plus americorp has to put at least 500 million of its government grants into this nov. cycle if we are going to keep the ball rolling changing the failed system, we have to dispose of the constitution and its laws as they keep getting in our way. thank goodness we get to pick the new supreme court leaders.

June 28 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ tom, Susan, dstack9781 sadly you can't have a discussion 'civil' without calling someone a 'fool', 'Idiot' or 'Stupid'. I made my point without demening or slandering anyone. I forwarded your comments to the webmaster. Sadly yours comments must activate some endorfens in your systems.

June 28 2010 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really find it hard to believe that you owned to corporations. What are they and their names and how many people do you employ? I do agree that you can have things produced in China at a lower rate of pay. I guess you actually agree with me that as long as we have to pay so much in taxes and other costs of living that companies can't keep up with the rate of pay for Americans so they can make a decent wage. There for they move over seas to show some kind of profit. Wait till they have to give health care as well. And you are wrong about the rate that corporations have to pay.

June 28 2010 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

maybe we could cut the hugh tax credits for corporations to locate to mexico, china, tiwan or india...that might be a start. i'v owned 5 corp. and i dont ever paying 35% income tax.
i now own two patents, do i open plants here and make a little
less or do i make a whole lot and have both products made in china. it will cost me 30.00 dollars a unit here, china says
they can make it there for 3.00 a unit....chew on that while i
i study chinese

June 28 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

to allthe people who did not fill out their census forms- dont start crying and blaming the govt when services in you srea re cut due to "declining population"- it your own fault

June 28 2010 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the well informed individuals who keep hollowering we need the
oil from the u.s.. in case and obisouly you dont..the oil co are all international co.s yes exxon and texaco, along with shell and BP..all the oil no matter where it comes from goes on the world market, where dear people we buy our own oil back
at a slightly higher price about 4 times..only about 40% of the
oil produced here is sold here, after it goes thru the world market...aint that amazing....

June 28 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AND the Depression continued. READ HISTORY. All these projects did NOTHING to get us out of the Depression. Where do you think the money came from to pay the people in these programs, from magical pixies and unicorns? The Depression finally ended when World War II started, and PRIVATE INDUSTRY started hiring again

June 28 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I filled out my census form and sent it back. On April 1st I received another form. I wonder how many resent the form thinking the census bureau had not received the first one. Was there some kind of doublecheck for duplication. My neighbor had someone come at least3 times, at $20 per call.

June 28 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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