Fudging the jobs numbers – Cavuto exclusive UPDATE: By the numbers

Why should I be surprised? The economy is expected to have created a boatload of jobs … except it’s not the economy, it’s the census, and it’s not the census … it’s how the census jobs are counted. If they can’t count jobs correctly, how can they be expected to count people?When the new job numbers are released the vast majority of them are expected to be census jobs, but not even those numbers are expected to be accurate which is really par for the course after our experience with Recovery.org that claimed the unverifiable hundreds of thousands of jobs had been created or saved as well as detailing the billions of jobs that went to Congressional districts that didn’t exist.

Last night Neil Cavuto interviewed a census worker who claimed the Census had hired and fired her twice and thus counted her as two jobs created. Watch it all. It will … ummm … not surprise you?


The New York Post detailed this two weeks ago:

Here’s a note from a Census worker — this one from Manhattan:

“John: I am on my fourth rehire with the 2010 Census.

“I have been hired, trained for a week, given a few hours of work, then laid off. So my unemployed self now counts for four new jobs.

“I have been paid more to train all four times than I have been paid to actually produce results. These are my tax dollars and your tax dollars at work.

“A few months ago I was trained for three days and offered five hours of work counting the homeless. Now, I am knocking (on) doors trying to find the people that have not returned their Census forms. I worked the 2000 Census. It was a far more organized venture.

“Have to run and meet my crew leader, even though with this rain I did not work today. So I can put in a pay sheet for the hour or hour and a half this meeting will take. Sincerely, C.M.

And there’s more here.

Estimating job numbers is iffy at best, not matter the administration. And may I say every administration has tried to fudge the numbers in its favor. But the bottom line on this is this. Most of the jobs being created are government jobs, census or otherwise, not private sector jobs. Most of the raises are going to government workers, not private sector workers, and that is simply unsustainable. Jobs dependant on the public sector never create capital, ever. They just take money from the private sector and hand it to the public sector, money that would have been either spent or invested anyway.

Remember November 2010.

UPDATE: Here are the numbers I should have included yesterday, from Bloomberg:

Private payrolls rose by 41,000, Labor Department figures showed yesterday in Washington, trailing the 180,000 gain forecast by economists in a Bloomberg News survey. Including government workers, employment rose by 431,000, boosted by a jump in hiring of temporary census workers. The jobless rate fell to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent.

Economists also forecast the jobless rate would fall 9.8 percent. Unemploymentreached a 26-year high of 10.1 percent in October. The decline in joblessness last month reflected a 322,000 drop in the labor force as Americans grew discouraged over hiring prospects.

Notice, not just that the bulk of the jobs are government jobs, they are temporary government jobs. Notice too, Rick pointed out on the show, the better than 300,000 who jumped the rolls because they have simply quit.

I have stated repeatedly that any increase in government spending is simply unsustainable as long as the private sector is not taking the lead in growth. Once again, for old times sake, public spending is dead end spending. It creates no capital and in reality does not create any jobs. It merely take money from the private sector to spend in the public sector, and suck capital from business and the capital markets where economic growth takes place.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Anne-EH on June 4, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Just another way to make both President Obama and the Dems LOOK GOOD in order to prevent bigtime election lost in November.

  2. Chas on June 4, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Ditto. My brother can second that. Works for the Census in the great state of Texas. He has transferred to 3 departments which means he has been hired 3 times. Fingerprints? Several workers did a 7 hour training course on fingerprinting. Kid you not. None has performed yet according to him. Plus do not forgtot to add mileage to training. Ahhhh…tax dollars at work.

  3. Lynn on June 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Jim is doing his work, reminding us that this administration " misspeaks" all the time. I know I sound like a broken record, but everyone who listens to Jim, has got to start working for the next election.  Getting to know candidates, helping people get absentee ballots, giving coffees and fundraisers. Remember November.

  4. winnie888 on June 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Ahhh, so that's what happened to the census worker that was supposed to come to the house on that rainy Saturday!

    Never even received census form in the mail.  After skipping the appointment she made with us, "our" census worker called me on the phone and I did census that way.  When we got to the question of race, I told her that I have a real big a** problem with being asked what color I am if this is supposed to be a colorblind society.  She shrugged it off and asked, "So, can I put you all down as Caucasian?"

    Whatever.  Wasn't worth the aggravation to go into it further…But at least those job numbers are lookin' good!  lol

    • Dimsdale on June 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      No!  You should have insisted on "American"!  If they get pushy, ask them where "Caucasia" is!  LOL!

  5. Dimsdale on June 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    The story behind the story is that the truly sad part of all this is that this story should not have been an exclusive.  Cavuto is the only one that has the gumption to actually report a story that is probably a well known secret, and defy the White House at the same time.


    The administration might just as well pay for the MSM to stay alive.  They should just perform one last honest act and change the name of the NYTimes to Pravda.

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