Census Jobs

This page is for assessing the impact of the 2010 Census on the employment statistics.

Schedule of Events:

March 2010 – The Census Bureau mailed out forms.

April 2010 – The Census Bureau mailed out another form to anybody who didn’t return the first one. By the end of the month, census-takers were trained-up, and knocking on the doors of anybody who didn’t return either of the two forms.

May 2010 – This was the peak month, and by the middle of June the CB had reduced its workforce by half.

Hiring:

The Census Bureau normally employs about 12,000 people, and its temporary workforce for the 2010 census peaked at 585,729 in the first week of May 2010.

The March Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau had hired 48,000 workers during March.

The April Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau had hired 66,000 workers during April.

The May Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau had hired 411,000 workers during May.

The June Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau discharged 225,000 workers during June.

The July Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau discharged 143,000 workers during July.

The August Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau discharged 114,000 workers during August.

The September Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau discharged 77,000 workers during September.

The October Non-Farm Payrolls report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the Census Bureau discharged 5,000 workers during October, and that there were only 1,000 remaining.

Links:

Wall Street Journal article.
MSNBC article.

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