The employer: the
The job: Census taker.
Hourly wages in surrounding counties vary:
'The ones who make it work'
And there's clearly a demand. The government estimates it will take around half a billion temporary employees to complete the 2020 Census population count.
"They are the ones who make it work," he said of the census.
Brown estimated thousands of temporary positions need to be filled for the
"They're very, very in need of workers in
Hiring started in January and continues through April. Paid training is included.
Job applications can be filled out online at:
For groups of 50 people or more who would like Brown to give a presentation and answer questions about the temporary census jobs, including churches, he can be reached at: [email protected]
Once in a decade
The hiring process includes a phone interview and background check.
Most of the available positions are census takers who collect responses from households that have not yet responded to the Census questionnaire -- mailed out in March -- either by phone, mail or online.
When responding, the person informs the
Responses are required by law for anyone living in the country.
Census takers who visit homes will have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a
Other positions include Census field supervisors, recruiting assistants, clerks and office operations supervisors.
Each region has a field office.
Counting every person
Although the once-in-a-decade Census is a massive undertaking, it's goal is narrow: To make certain every person living in
Also included are members of the military, college students who live on campus and those in jail, prison or living in a nursing home or senior center, according to the 2020 Census website.
The count also includes people without a permanent place to live, including the homeless and those living in shelters or at outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
Answers are kept confidential, and Census takers are legally bound to protect the information.
Billions of dollars
Census questions pertain to the number of people who live at a residence and their age, sex and race.
Overall, Census results are used to distribute more than
It is also used to direct federal dollars to more than 100 government programs, including Section 8 housing assistance, child abuse and neglect state grants, the
Census results determine the number of seats each state will have in the
Schedules for the temporary jobs are flexible, according to the Census website. Many of the positions require availability to work in the evenings and on weekends.
Census takers can expect to fill the positions for about eight weeks, said Brown, the local census supervisor.
Weekly hours will range from less than 10 up to 40 and possibly more, he said, depending on an individual's availability.
However, employment may end at any time or work hours may be reduced due to a lack of available work, the Census website said.
"The big thing is the more (people) we have to help us with this the better off we are," Brown said. "We can probably get a better count."
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