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Census created 411,000 jobs in May

By Ed O'Keefe

411,000.

That's the number of temporary jobs created by the U.S. Census Bureau in May -- an overwhelming majority of the jobs created last month.

The hundreds of thousands of temporary workers -- some working just two weeks -- are knocking on doors trying to get people to answer census questions and earning between $10 and $25 an hour.

The agency was flooded with almost 4 million job applicants this year -- making the hiring process dramatically different than the 2000 Census, when the agency struggled to fill the jobs amid a healthier 4 percent unemployment rate. Many applicants have been highly educated -- with law and business degrees -- stuck applying for temporary work amid the recession.

The government-created jobs are helpful, but the loss of the temporary work will hurt much more. Back in July 2000, the nation created just 11,000 jobs as the government shed 195,000 temporary census jobs. It'll be much worse this year.

"Temporary or government jobs are not optimal, and private-sector job growth simply isn’t keeping pace with a growing labor force," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement. "In just the last two years, the number of Americans employed by government has increased by 188,000 – not including temporary workers hired to conduct the census."

"Can we have a census every year?" Joe Scarborough joked on MSNBC as he learned that the Census Bureau provided most of the nation's monthly job growth.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | June 4, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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Exactly why are we hiring 400,00 census workers? The vast majority of people return their census forms. What are all of these people doing?

Posted by: jdonner2 | June 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

We need more of these good high paying $10-25/hr jobs ... Let's have another census next year -- it will help keep the recovery going.

The economy is taking bath .. we bailed out the banks, home owners, home builders, real-estate agents and just about everyone we could find responsible for the recession/depression .. but we're still stuck in the *mud* -- Gee wonder why .... oh well -- what's next ??? .. Great Depression????

Posted by: free_np | June 4, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is a farce and only note worthy for the fact it shows the dramatics of this regime. Government does NOT create job growth it is up to PRIVATE enterprise. ONLY in a SOCIALIST system is the government the dictator of job growth.
It is all smoke and mirrors technology. Only thing here is that Abe Lincoln was wrong when he said "..you cann't fool all the people all the time". Seems this majic tour regime has done just that!

Posted by: MedMad | June 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

How many jobs (not just Census) have been created in the last few years by both lying sides, Democrat and Republican? Not only is this 'welfare' but it adds to the entitlements end of employment, costing the real workers forever. What happened to the computer age that government forces us into? Wasn't this computer age supposed to cut government employees? Government needs to be spending tax dollars helping to create free enterprise jobs, not hiring their unemployable family and friends to do little or nothing. Cut some of the useless paperwork that was/is being created to make work, not profit! Take away tax breaks for off shore and foreign based companies playing the tax loop game. Give tax breaks & low interest loans for business that promotes American job growth. Geez, there are many ways to help American industry and giving money to banks and foreign interests or tax breaks for those rich enough to hire a bevy of tax lawyers is not in the list of aids to American business growth.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | June 4, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Remember we are hiring 16,500 new IRS workers under the new health bill passed. However if you look at the rider created with the purpose of requiring all businesses to file 1099's on their customers you'll get an idea of why the government needs the new employees and it is not to help the American public with health problems. Does 'cashless' society monitored and controlled by big banking with the aid of corrupt government come to mind? Lying politicians suck!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | June 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

A year and a half after the market collapse and still no real job growth. Sends a chill down your spine.

Posted by: peterg73 | June 4, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

96% isn't just "an overwhelming majority of the jobs created last month." It's VIRTUALLY ALL of the jobs created last month.

And they're temporary.

The Obama will hit the fan in July.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 4, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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