Temporary Census Jobs Boost Payrolls

By Toni Vranjes

June 4, 2010

The U.S. economy added 431,000 new jobs last month, but much of the growth was in the public sector, the Labor Department reported today.

In May, the federal government hired 411,000 temporary workers for the Census. Unemployment was 9.7 percent, down from 9.9 percent in April.

Last month, employment in temporary-help services jumped by 31,000. Manufacturing gained 29,000 jobs, and mining added 10,000. The construction industry shed 35,000 jobs.

Although the private-sector employment numbers were disappointing, President Obama tried to portray the report in a positive light. During a speech today, he said the nation has created jobs for five months in a row, and that the economy is moving in the right direction.

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