Census Employment Bubble Bursts

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    Expect more decliines
     
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    Cooking????

    how the fuck were they supposed to do the census?
     
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    How is that "cooking?" Are you saying the census workers shouldn't have been counted as employed? And since for many, the census job was part time in addition to their normal job (part or full time), it would only have boosted the employment numbers from the establishment survey (which counts a person with 2 jobs twice), but would not have affected the unemployment rate (which counts each multiple job-holders only once).

    Did the Census temporarily add jobs that everyone knew were going away? Sure. But that applies for all temp jobs, too.
     
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    Census productivity addressed here:



    http://www.usmessageboard.com/general/116209-census-productivity.html
     
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    This was not a big secret.
     
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    not to speak for boedicca...but perhaps what he is referring to was when the census hiring took place, the media had numerous articles on the improved employment numbers - without mentioning the scew from the census additions. At the same time when the census workers began to lose the jobs - the same media outlets when reporting the losses - attributed the loss to the census workers. Make sense?
     
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    I don't recalling claiming it was.

    The Census was overstaffed by at least 100%.
     
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    2010 United States Census - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Cost
    The Government Accountability Office estimated in 2004 that the cost of the 2010 Census would be over $11 billion.[13] In a detailed report to Congress, it called on the Census Bureau to address cost and design issues.[14]

    Lockheed Martin won a six-year, $500 million contract to capture and standardize data for the census. The contract includes systems, facilities, and staffing.[citation needed] Information technology will be about a quarter of the projected $11.3 billion cost of the decennial census.[15] This was the first census to use hand-held computing devices with GPS capability, although they were only used for the address canvassing operation. The Census Bureau chose to conduct the primary operation, Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU), without using the handheld computing devices.[16][17]

    In August 2010, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that the census operational costs came in significantly under budget; of an almost $7 billion operational budget:[18]

    $650 million was saved in the budget for the door-to-door questioning (a.k.a. NRFU) phase because 72 percent of households returned mailed questionnaires;
    $150 million was saved because of lower-than-planned costs in areas including Alaska and tribal lands; and
    the $800 million emergency fund ended up not being needed.
    Secretary Locke credited the management practices of Census Bureau Director Robert Groves, citing in particular the decision to buy additional advertising in locations where responses lagged, which improved the overall response rate. The agency also has begun to rely more on questioning neighbors or other reliable third parties when a person could not be immediately reached at home, which reduced the cost of follow-up visits. Census data for roughly 22 percent, or more than 1 in 5, of U.S. households that did not reply by mail were based on such outside interviews, Groves said.[18]
     

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