Nonfarm payrolls fell for a third consecutive month in August, pushing the number of jobs lost during that period past a quarter million, according to Labor Department data released Friday.

Nonfarm payrolls lost 54,000 jobs in August even though private nonfarm payrolls grew by 67,000, as the federal government continued to shed Census workers. Payrolls for Census workers fell by 114,000 and total government employment was diminished by 121,000.

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