With the rats doing the counting, I doubt if they were ever even counted once as a job loss when they were over.
Jesse Kelly (running for Congress AZ-8) reported that when his construction company sat down with the city of Tucson to plan the way ahead on a pipeline contract they’d won, the FedGov was there. They said they were providing the pipe. Which means that every person the private company used on the pipeline was a “new job”, even though most had been with the company for years.
I remember reading, also, that they hired too many Census workers, so laid a bunch of them off. Then rehired them when the actual Census started. All got counted each time as “new jobs”.