Government needs census to count its own employees

With the federal government on a hiring binge, it appears that they might need a census just to count their own employees – especially in the Census Bureau. (story here from

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau sent a welcome memo addressed to the part-time workers his agency had allegedly hired to complete the 2010 Census.  He referred the memo to his “600,000 new colleagues,” whom he called “the heart of the operations for the second half of the census” and “the face of the US Federal government.”

Huh? 600,000 new hires?

On Friday, May 7, the U.S. Department of Labor released its latest official monthly jobs report, which noted that “Federal government employment was up in April, reflecting the hiring of 66,000 temporary workers for the decennial census.”  This followed prior DOL reports of Census hiring in March(48,000), February(15,000), and January(9,000). Even if all those “temporary” Census workers hired as early as January were still on the job on May 4 when the Director sent his“welcome” note, the official data through April suggests the Census Bureau has hired 138,000 temporary workers this year, not 600,000.

Where are the other 462,000?

They’re probably in the other 7 states our dear comrade campaigned in (cue Twilight Zone music).


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