June 4, 2010

Confirmed - unemployment rate helped by census workers

From the we're all czars now file, the unemployment rate did indeed drop from 9.9 to 9.7% in the latest job figures. Good news right?  Not really. What I wrote earlier:
"411,000 of the 431,000 [corrected from 430,000 I reported earlier] jobs added in the latest BLS unemployment report were apparently census worker jobs."
is being reported elsewhere.  Here for example.

That's the best the government can kick in right now? Unimpressive given the likely cost. It looks like President Obama is at the mercy of the free market on jobs for this election cycle. That would be the same free market he has consistently shown disdain towards, despite the occasional lip service.

But keep in mind the setbacks to the President are just that - setbacks, not defeat. Once everyone is a czar of something, unemployment numbers won't matter.

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