The Government’s ‘New Jobs’ Sleight of Hand With the Census

A while back I wrote about my family’s little runaround with the Census Bureau.

Many of the problems can be due to the general incompetence of the bureaucrats who organize the count — or disorganize it rather — but this time around much of the disarray is intentional:

Last week, one of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks.

The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.
Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs.

Labor doesn’t check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month.

Another worker wrote to John Crudele, the author of the article, to say that he was on his fourth rehire with the Census Bureau, and each rehire is recorded as a “new job created,” and each time he’s paid to take the same re-training.

Last month, Plugs Biden said that the economy would be creating 500,000 jobs a month soon — and I don’t doubt it. Hell, they’ll probably get to that number just by hiring, firing and rehiring four Census workers 125,000 times each.

With this kind of sleight of hand accounting going on, you can’t help but wonder what the real unemployment rate is in this country.

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