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"Census Effect" Hits North Carolina Hard

July 28, 2010

STATESVILLE, N. C. - The influx of jobs from the 2010 Census could not have come at a better time for the struggling economy. Now that the census data collection phase is wrapping up, however, many of those workers are back in the unemployment line. The U.S. Census Bureau has cut more than 200,000 jobs in the last few weeks, with one-third of those in the Southern region.

In Charlotte alone, the number dropped drastically from 43,000 the first week of June to just over 8,000 by month's end. In spite of the abrupt job losses, Bryan Duncan, executive director for I-CARE, Inc. says the jobs provided invaluable assistance.

"Although the employment was temporary, I do believe that it provided some relief to situations that people were experiencing."

I-CARE, Inc. is the community action agency serving Lincoln and Iredell counties. The regional Census Bureau office in Charlotte covers the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Duncan says the temporary employment opportunities took some of the burden off families in need, as well as the agencies that support them, and provided a boost to their morale.

"A person's economy is personal, you know. If they're hungry, they're hungry and, in those three months they were employed, at least it enabled them to provide for their family during that period of time."

He notes that Southern states on the Gulf Coast are getting hit doubly hard, as they confront the extensive job losses resulting from the BP oil spill.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC