WASHINGTON -- Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher yesterday announced that he would not order a statistical adjustment to the 1990 census count, even though the Census Bureau had failed to count between 3 million and 5 million people.

Mr. Mosbacher said there had been an undercount, but that any method for adjusting the statistics could produce new inaccuracies. He said he was not willing to take that chance when counting the population is the basis for electoral representation.

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