Monday, October 18, 2010

2010 Census: Final Weekly Payroll Update

by Bill McBride on 10/18/2010 06:59:00 PM

The Census Bureau has released the final weekly payroll report for the 2010 Census. The report shows only 2,766 temporary workers were on the payroll for the week ending Oct 2nd.

Census workers per week Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the number of Census workers paid each week. The red labels are the weeks of the BLS payroll survey.

I'm providing this update because every month there is some confusion over how to report the payroll numbers in the employment report. Starting with the October employment report (to be released on November 5th), we can go back to reporting the headline number (not ex-Census), and we can ignore the impact of the temporary Census hiring on the monthly payroll numbers - well, until the next decennial Census!