Census says it hired more workers than it needed as a “cost-saving-measure”

I couldn’t help but be amused when I saw  this article  a couple of years ago, because it reminded me of the way the city / county / state executive offices justify the maintence of staff to the public.

While we might see a zero hiring policy, rarely do we see the city remove personal even during the worst of economic times and we have only seen a slice of the bad times that are about to be upon us as nations around the world start to meet their worst nightmare; economic collapse from debt.

Don’t think we and this great nation are not immune to the times that may soon be upon us, because it will effect us all. Even over the last two weeks the Dow lost just about 10% of its value over the speculation that Greece might default on some of its debt.

Soon we will see the some of the wealther countries of the world consider the same prospect. And since this is a World economy, it could happen here…. But we do it to ourselves.

Back to the article: The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a “cost-saving measure,” according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general’s office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.  According to Census, said Zinser’s May 26 memo to Groves, “frontloading” its workforce (i.e. hiring and training more enumerators than necessary to offset turnover) is a cost-saving measure. The inspector general’s memo, however, suggested that in at least one Census Bureau operation excessive staff had increased the “cost of operations” and that in another operation deployment of an unnecessarily large number of workers “increased the operation’s direct labor and travel costs.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on May 7 that April’s job growth was 290,000, and according to MarketWatch on June 3, job growth for May is “estimated to be 513,000 ” with 400,000 of those new jobs coming from the Census Bureau!

If Crudele’s summary of workers being hired, fired, and rehired is extended across the approximately 650,000 temporary workers hired by the bureau, and if many of them are double counted in the BLS report as a new hire new job is created whenever someone is hired to work as” little as one hour in a month” then the question remains:

Is the economy is strong as it looks, or only as strong as the government wants it to look? Enough said….

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