Don't be fooled by upcoming jobs numbers. The federal government will be adding about 1.15 million temporary jobs to complete the census this year. Those temporary employees will make the employment numbers appear to be improving and no doubt give Obama and the Democrats something to crow about.
The numbers, however, are an illusion. While the short term outlook will be improved the employees will be cut once the census is complete making the employment numbers take a turn for the worse once again.
The recent employment numbers also reveal that while state and local governments are shrinking their work force the federal government continues to grow in size.
The following is from Bloomberg.com:
Today’s report from the Labor Department showed that government payrolls decreased by 18,000 in February. State and local governments reduced employment by 25,000 during the month, while the federal government added 7,000. The increase at the federal level reflected in part the hiring of 15,000 temporary workers to conduct the 2010 census.
The Census Bureau said it will hire 1.15 million temporary workers in the first half of the year to conduct the population count that takes place every 10 years. The program may have the biggest impact on payroll figures in April through June, when the bulk of the hiring will take place, and will then subtract from the job count the following months after the work is done.
Just something to think about when the Obama administration starts to claim credit for the improved employment outlook in the coming months.