Payrolls up 431,000, lifted by census...

Payrolls up 431,000, lifted by census jobs

There are 37 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 4, 2010, titled Payrolls up 431,000, lifted by census jobs. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The nation's payroll grew by 431,000 last month, completely reflecting a burst of temporary census hiring by the government.

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wagging the dog again

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jun 4, 2010
MinnesotaGuy wrote:
Three straight months of job growth (even if you discount the census workers) and three straight quarters of GDP growth.The financial collapse hit us hard, but now we're pulling ourselves out of it. Enough of all the negativity, we're well into a recovery.
GDP growth Fueled by various taxpayer-backed, Chinese-borrowed "tax incentives." (Oh, and don't forget the war machine and its associated expensive taxpayer-funded trinkets!) They can cook the books all they want. Doesn't mean anything is actually happening. Too few "powers that be" control industry today and makes for a decidedly less competitive and healthy economy. Politicians are there to protect the corporate shares of the economy and to insure no "upstarts" can compete.
Truth

Burnsville, MN

#22 Jun 4, 2010
AP- Worthless "news" organization.
Walter

Eden Prairie, MN

#23 Jun 4, 2010
This is a lefty socialist dream: 431,000 new jobs, 411,000 by the gooberment. Obama is right on track.
Census Worker

Owatonna, MN

#24 Jun 4, 2010
wagging the dog again wrote:
My friend who has his own seasonal business needed some income in the meantime and got a census job. Three weeks of "training" and two weeks on the job and they let him go telling him his assignment was over. What a farce to pad the jobs numbers! I think he was still employed by the census for about a week in May, so I suppose that counts as an entire month too!
Three weeks of training? Wow, I only got 5 hours! Is your friend kind of slow, or something?
I want handouts

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Jun 4, 2010
Census Worker wrote:
<quoted text>Three weeks of training? Wow, I only got 5 hours! Is your friend kind of slow, or something?
Hey smart guy, go work for the private sector then! You don't get to criticize anyone paying your salary! Go get a real job (if you can find one.)
Mark

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Jun 4, 2010
Wow....lets celebrate the fact that we created over 400,000 TEMPORARY jobs that will be going away. Another home run for Obama....bring on a 2nd term!
Police Officer

Owatonna, MN

#27 Jun 4, 2010
Yeah, you pay my salary. And my job is real. Very real. Get a life. Wish it wasn't my job to protect it.
nice try

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Jun 4, 2010
Police Officer wrote:
Yeah, you pay my salary. And my job is real. Very real. Get a life. Wish it wasn't my job to protect it.
Crime is down, and if it were the private sector, you very well would have been laid off already for lack of work. Your sense of entitlement is laughable. That's it, poke the taxpayers with your nightstick and see how they appreciate it! At least we have some insight into the mentality it takes to consider yourself "indispensable" to society. Keep it up!
ha ha

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Jun 4, 2010
Police Officer wrote:
Yeah, you pay my salary. And my job is real. Very real. Get a life. Wish it wasn't my job to protect it.
Don't you need to be luring johns into Woodbury right now to keep the citizens "safe?"
Isn't there a seatbelt sting you need to be participating in posing as a homeless person?
Oh, whatever would we do without you!
My Boss

Hastings, MN

#30 Jun 4, 2010
"Hello. How many people live in yo crib? Tank yo. Out. I's gots a job. My prez toad me so."
DFLer

Minneapolis, MN

#31 Jun 5, 2010
CzarInMpls wrote:
Happy days are here again. The skies above are clear again. What happens with all these census people when they're done doing the census?
They will be hired by conservatives to send out checks to buy votes in this falls election.
felix

Saint Paul, MN

#32 Jun 5, 2010
DFLer wrote:
<quoted text>They will be hired by conservatives to send out checks to buy votes in this falls election.
so there going to do what the demothugs have done for 50 yrs
Obama SPIN

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Jun 6, 2010
More proof BHO is truly clueless.

To take credit for Census jobs is really "Stupidly".
DFLer

Minneapolis, MN

#34 Jun 6, 2010
Obama SPIN wrote:
More proof BHO is truly clueless.
To take credit for Census jobs is really "Stupidly".
Thats ok, we just wont count you.
Lux et Veritas

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Jun 6, 2010
So why isn't this Topix entry filed under the original (more accurate) headline and subheadline of the linked Chicago Tribune story?

"Jobs report adds more worries about the economy"

"U.S. census hiring helps drive down jobless rate, but scant gains in the private sector fuel new concerns."
Harbinger

Minneapolis, MN

#36 Jun 6, 2010
Police Officer wrote:
Yeah, you pay my salary. And my job is real. Very real. Get a life. Wish it wasn't my job to protect it.
With your attitude, it shouldn't be!

Might I suggest a change in career?

That post REALLY has to get the dick of the thread award.
Porkulus

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Jun 6, 2010
About that “Strong jobs report”...

It looks strong in you don't care to bother with the details:

Total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 431,000 in May, reflecting the hiring of 411,000 temporary employees to work on Census 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Private-sector employment changed little (+41,000). Manufacturing, temporary help services, and mining added jobs, while construction employment declined. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.ht...
This seemingly huge number of jobs added is comprised almost entirely of Census worker jobs, which are intended to be temporary. Only 41,000 private sector jobs were added, with the net addition to the private sector being about 20,000 jobs.

Adding government jobs does nothing for the economy, because we pay for those jobs. WE are paying those salaries. Adding government jobs absolutely means either an increase in taxes or an increase in the deficit.

Hey, let’s have a census every month to lower unemployment !

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