Payrolls Fall as Census Layoffs Continue

By Toni Vranjes

September 3, 2010

The economy lost 54,000 jobs last month as the federal government continued to lay off Census workers, according to the latest employment report.

The number of Census workers reached a peak of 564,000 in May, but in August it dropped to 82,000 workers, the Labor Department reported today.

The jobless rate rose slightly, from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent. Even though August payrolls declined, the loss wasn’t as severe as economists had expected. And private-sector payrolls increased by 67,000 jobs, a number that beat expectations.

Last month employment jumped in health care, mining, temporary help, and construction, according to the Labor Department.

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