RNC Falsely Claims Jobs Growth "Mostly" From Census

April 02, 2010 11:07 am ET

With Republican electoral prospects relying on a poor economy, the Republican National Committee sought to paint increased jobs numbers as "unacceptable" and "mostly from the census." While the decennial census did result in the hiring of 48,000 workers, that is a far cry from "most" of the 162,000 jobs added last month.

RNC Attacks Job Growth

Republican National Committee Attacks Job Growth:

[RNC, 4/2/10]

Only 48,000 Out Of 162,000 Were Census Workers

Bureau Of Labor Statistics:

In March, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 162,000. Job growth continued in temporary help services and in health care. Federal government employment increased due to the hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010. Job losses continued in financial activities and in information. (See table B-1.)

Temporary help services added 40,000 jobs in March. Since September 2009, temporary help services employment has risen by 313,000.

Employment in health care continued to increase in March (27,000), with the largest gains occurring in ambulatory health care services (16,000) and in nursing and residential care facilities (9,000).

In March, employment in mining increased by 8,000. Monthly job gains in mining have averaged 6,000 over the past 5 months.

Employment in federal government was up over the month, reflecting the hiring of 48,000 temporary workers for the decennial census. [BLS, 4/2/10; emphasis added]

March Saw The Largest Job Gain In Three Years

AP: "The Nation's Economy Posted Its Largest Job Gain In Three Years." According to the Associated Press: "The nation's economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month. The increase is the latest sign that the economic recovery is sustainable and healing in the job market is beginning." [Associated Press, 4/2/10]