Census Bureau to hire area workers

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring full- and part-time workers to help with the 2010 Census. According to a Census Bureau press release, the temporary jobs will pay between $10.50 and $16.75 per hour.

"We need people in every county across the nation," said Jerry Young, Census Bureau partnership coordinator for the Kansas City region, which serves six midwest states. "We are constantly recruiting. We plan to hire 50 to 100 people in each rural county. In the metropolitan areas, we will hire close to 1,000 people."

Available jobs include Census takers, recruiting assistants, clerks and supervisors.

"Most of the people hired will be responsible for address canvassing to match mail addresses to structures and look for other living quarters that should receive a Census form," said Young. "This information will be used to mail the forms out next year. Mailing Census forms is the most efficient and cost effective way for us to gather information."

Address canvassing will begin in April and continue through June.

"Workers will receive detailed training on each operation that they are employed to do," said Young.

Individuals will receive pay for hours spent participating in training sessions. Workers can expect to spend around one week in training.

"We want to let people know there will be Census people out in the communities this spring," said Young. "This is a very important operation for each community. If we don't have accurate addressing information, we could miss people.

"It is very important for us to get information from everyone," said Young. "The Census influences how much money flows toward a community. It also speaks to appropriations and the representation that districts receive in Washington, D.C."

Census information is used to establish boundary lines for districts in each state. The information is also used to distribute Congressional seats.

"When someone comes to your door to verify your address, it is very important for you to allow them to do their work so that you will receive your Census form," said Young. "When you receive the form, please fill it out and put it back in the mail. It only takes 10 minutes to complete 10 questions.

"Your Census information will be safe," said Young. "We do not share personal data about anyone. Not even the President of the United States can get Census information from the Bureau."

All Census workers will have a Census Bureau badge.

Census information is gathered from everyone living in the United States every 10 years. The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Individuals interested in applying for a Census Bureau job should call 1-866-861-2010. Each worker must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. Identification forms will be required for employment and training will provided to those who are hired to fill Census positions.

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