Technical Note: September Employment Report Will Probably Show a Decrease in Temporary Census Workers

The Census Bureau released an update today on 2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers

As of the August reference week, there were 288,204 decennial Census temporary workers. As of week of August 30 to September 5, there were 267,155 temp workers.

That was a decrease of around 21,000. Last week was the BLS reference week, and it seems likely there were even fewer temporary workers were on the payroll last week (to be released next week).

This means the September employment report will show a decrease in temporary Census employment.  In August, the employment report showed a gain of 238,000 temporary 2020 Census workers, boosting the headline number.

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