May 2010 Employment Report Shows 431,000 Jobs Added But Mostly Temporary Work for Census

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment grew by 431,000 jobs in May, but that number was mostly due to the hiring of 411,000 temporary census workers for the once-in-a-decade Census 2010.

According to THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2010, private-sector employment changed little, with 41,000 jobs being added, while manufacturing, temporary help services, and mining added jobs. Construction employment declined.

The BLS May 2010 Jobs report also revealed that:

  • Manufacturing employment increased by 29,000 over the month, and factory employment has risen by 126,000 over the past 5 months.
  • Temporary help services added 31,000 jobs over the month, and employment in the industry has risen by 362,000 since September 2009.
  • Mining employment gained 10,000 over the month, and support activities for mining accounted for 8,000 of the over-the-month increase. Since October 2009, mining employment has expanded by 50,000.
  • Employment in construction declined by 35,000 in May, largely erasing gains in the industry in the prior 2 months.

Overall, the unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the first 3 months of 2010, and the total number of unemployed persons in May was 15.0 million.

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