Temp jobs: US census workers laid off as fewer hires reported

Temp jobs are still a stopgap measure until people find full-time work. But one source of temporary work, the US Census Bureau, has begun to lay off workers, according to a jobs report.

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    People fill the aisles at a job fair in Montpelier, Vt. on May 5. One area for temp jobs, working at the US Census Bureau, is closing as the bureau is laying off temporary workers.
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U.S. private employers added a paltry 13,000 jobs in June, compared to a revised gain of 57,000 in May, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Thursday.

The May figure was originally reported as a gain of 55,000.

The median of estimates from 30 economists surveyed by Reuters for the ADP Employer Services report, jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, was for a rise of 60,000 private-sector jobs in June.

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The ADP figures come ahead of the government's much more comprehensive labor market report on Friday. That report is expected to show a fall in nonfarm payrolls of 110,000 in June overall, as many temporary workers hired to complete the government's decennial census were laid off.

However, a gain in private payrolls of 112,000 is expected, according to a Reuters poll of analysts. [ECI/US] Economists often refer to the ADP report to fine-tune their expectations for the payrolls numbers, though it is not always accurate in predicting the outcome.

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