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Wall Street Journal: 2010 Census hiring blitz will alter job figures

The Wall Street Journal asserts that the national unemployment rate will fall this month, and this is in large part due to the thousands of people who are temporarily working for the 2010 Census. Here’s the article.

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7 Responses to “Wall Street Journal: 2010 Census hiring blitz will alter job figures”

  1. anonymous Says:


  2. CommonCensus Says:

    Unemployment reporting is a bit reminscent of the hidden pea game…hide the unemployment problem here or there, but eventually people will figure out where the pea’s hiding…like 2 months from now when tepid consumer spending surfaces and the talking heads scramble for explanations.

    That said, kudos to the government for hiring so many people to fulfill the Census requirement, including many otherwise unemployed citizens. It’s a great boost to many individuals who were struggling financially. If people choose to misinterpret the unemployment figures, that’s their problem.

  3. MotleyCrewLeader Says:

    I agree it is a boon to local economies. But when you have entire crews laid off due to so called lack of work, while down the blosk a new training class is being trained to do the same work somthing is wrong.

  4. Crew Leader Says:

    Well…no shit, Sherlock!

    And, yes, it’s a good thing.

  5. MJackson Says:

    I used to work at Bloomingdales during Xmas time. Ya see, similar to the Census Bureau hiring practices Bloomingdales would hire a boatload of people to work the floor. Great for the customer as you would walk down the aisle and there would be a salesperson every 3 feet to help you. Problem is that there would be a huge lack of work/sales since there would be 3 salespeople for every customer. So if I approached a customer, another salesperson would come up and say, “I already approached them and helped them and they would like to look some more. So that is my customer.”
    So I guess I could have really really just manipulated my hours and sat around claiming 30 hours a week for the past 3 weeks, but I have a conscience and felt that it was not right to do that over 20 housing units as that was all I had been given.

  6. anonnymoose Says:

    This whole argument is absurd. These jobs were going to be created regardless of any unemployment crisis. Try being unemployed for nearly a year and then being offered a decent paying wage. Its ironic that census jobs don’t “count.” It sure as heck counts on a resume, or when your bank account is so low you can’t even afford a decent meal let alone know where your next rent check will come from.

    People have temp jobs and seasonal work all the time, and yeah when the census is over, well, 600,000 people will lose their jobs…again. Honestly, these jobs couldn’t come at a better time.

  7. end the census Says:

    Anonnymoose says, “This whole argument is absurd.” The point is, inflating employment figures is dishonesty. Our government officials are complicit in that dishonesty. That’s not “absurd” — it’s alarming.