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.

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.

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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