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Amanda Colianni, a census field supervisor, poses for The Associated Press, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Baltimore. Colianni said she believes 5,300 cases in neighborhoods she managed were closed prematurely and removed from the door-knocking effort after only one attempt by census takers to interview members of households in mid-to-late September. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Texts: U.S. census manager told counters to use fake answers

- Associated Press

The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone. “THIS JUST IN …,” one of them began. It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020,  that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 898,000 seek jobless aid

- Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago.

In this March 19, 2020, file photo, is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Supreme Court backs Trump in halting census count

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday that halts the 2020 census count in place, delivering a victory to the Trump administration, which is rushing to complete the enumeration and submit the final results to Congress this year.