Census created 411,000 jobs in May
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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| June 4, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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