Abysmal job numbers 

Analysts had expected 540,000 new jobs, but cautioned that temporary U.S. Census jobs would account for 425,000 of those. In other words, the expectation was for roughly 115,000 “real” jobs.

Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way. In fact, on net, we gained just 20,000 non-Census jobs in May.

Employers added 431,000 nonfarm jobs nationwide in May, the biggest increase in a single month in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday. But the bulk of the growth was in government jobs, driven by hiring for the Census, and private-sector job growth was weak…Altogether, 411,000 of the jobs added were for Census workers whose positions will disappear after the summer.

We keep hearing that the stimulus is really ramping up and that we’ll see more job creation. But perhaps the administration should just consider (as Geraghty suggested yesterday) making the Census permanent.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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