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The Impact of 2010 Census Hiring on the Unemployment Rate

Tue Jun 30 2020
Written by: Jonathan Eggleston, Mark Klee, Kristin McCue, Kristin Sandusky and Jim Spletzer
Component ID: #ti431728110

The U.S. Census Bureau hires hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to conduct the decennial census. It is tempting to speculate how the large hiring event about to occur in 2020 will affect the unemployment rate, especially in the current COVID-19 environment. Looking back at the impacts during the 2010 Census can provide some insights. Caution is necessary because the economic environments in 2010 and 2020 differ in many substantial ways that we do not fully understand. 


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