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There’s A Method To The Census

27 May 2010 @ 08:22

Your may recall the old, truth-filled saying: ‘There are lies; there are damn lies; and there are statistics’.

Well…it seems as if all three are in play at the Census Bureau.

From John Crudele, over at the New York Post, we learn:

Each month Census gives [the Labor Department] 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.

One hour! A month! So, if a worker is terminated after only one hour and another is hired in her place, then a second new job can apparently be reported to Labor . (I’ve been unable to get Census to explain this to me.)

Some census workers have been sending him their stories that prove that the Bureau, in cahoots with the Labor Department, has been cooking the books.  Here’s one of the examples:

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.

Please do take the time to click here and read his full report.

Mr. Crudele also makes this interesting and very plausible conjecture:

When I received my Census form in the mail, I filled it out. Nobody had to knock on my door.

I answered truthfully about the number of people living in my household. But I could have just as easily doubled the number. Why not? Didn’t Census advertisements imply that my community would get more federal money if the population were larger?

How are they going to prove you wrong if you inflate the numbers?  They can only do so if they cross-check your census data with the IRS and they have promised they would never do that [they are, of course, willing, I’m sure, to make exceptions for clingy, seditious teabaggers].

In light of Mr. Crudele’s speculation, a further question arises: what are the ‘community organizers’, like ACORN [or whatever the Hell it’s called these days], telling their people to do?  Hmmm…I’m stumped.

SIDENOTE: If you’re a census worker and you have any tales to tell, John Crudele can be reached at:

  1. 27 May 2010 @ 11:43 11:43

    The article in incorrect. The Census Bureau does not hire, then fire, and then rehire anyone. Any employee who is fired is fired for cause. We train and hire temporary workers for various operations, most significantly Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) to complete work assignments. When the work is complete, the temporary worker goes into an inactive status. They may be re-activated if there is more work to do, or for another subsequent operation. At no time do we count a re-activation from non-working status as a “rehire.”

    The Census Bureau reports to the Department of Labor and on our public website the number of people paid for work during a given week. We do not report the number of jobs. The Census Bureau reports the total number of unduplicated temporary 2010 Census workers that earned any pay during a specific weekly pay period. Temporary workers earning any pay during the week are counted only once. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures changes in employment levels — not the actual level itself — and looks only at the week that includes the 12th day of the month. It is simply not possible for Census to engage in the manipulation of data to artificially inflate the employment report of the BLS in the manner alleged by this news column. Here is information from the Economics Statistics Administration:


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