Census 2010 temporary and intermittent workers and Federal government employment

Starting in Spring 2010, the U.S. Bureau of the Census began collecting data for the decennial census as directed by the U.S. Constitution. Initial preparation begins up to a year and a half prior to the actual Census Day (April 1, 2010) and involves hiring thousands of temporary workers to conduct address canvassing and follow up. Staffing requirements for short-term field operations vary from day to day. The temporary and intermittent nature of these operations can result in significant fluctuations in monthly employment estimates as measured by the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey. Hiring for the census is reflected in employment data for Federal government. The following table quantifies the impact of the 2010 Census on CES Federal government employment estimates from November 2008 to April 2011.

Decennial temporary and intermittent workers
All employees, in thousands, not seasonally adjusted
Employment level and over-the-month change*
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

1990

Level 4 15 68 153 335 251 179 81 44 27 19 13

Change +4 +11 +53 +85 +182 -84 -72 -98 -37 -16 -8 -7
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

1998

Level 1 3 3 2 14 12 29 41 20

Change +1 +2 0 -1 +12 -3 +17 +12 -22

1999

Level 23 40 38 22 8 9 11 17 18 11 13 15

Change +4 +17 -2 -16 -14 +1 +2 +6 +1 -7 1 2

2000

Level 32 59 154 181 530 305 232 146 24 11 6 1

Change +17 +27 +95 +28 +348 -225 -73 -86 -122 -12 -6 -4

2001

Level 2 2 1

Change +1 0 -1
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2008

Level 1 3

Change +1 +2

2009

Level 5 6 12 126C 69C 9C 4C 5 8 17 13 15

Change +2 +2 +5 +114 -57 -60 -5 +1 +3 +9 -4 +2

2010

Level 24 39 87 154 564 339 196 82 6 1 0 0

Change +9 +15 +48 +66 +411 -225 -143 -114 -77 -5 -1 0

2011

Level 1 3 3 0 0 0

Change +1 +2 0 -3 0 0
Sources:
Current Employment Statistics Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 8, 2011
U.S. Bureau of the Census. Temporary and intermittent workers for the decennial census perform short-term field operations, which have very dynamic staffing levels that vary from day to day.

Notes:
*There are two observations for each month. The first line shows employment in thousands, and the second line reflects the over-the-month change. Over-the-month changes may not add due to rounding.

C Corrected for level of inttermitant Census workers

Last updated: July 8, 2011

 

Last Modified Date: March 23, 2018