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2010-01-07

US Census Bureau hiring nationwide

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Every 10 years, the United States government is required to count every man, woman, and child in the country. The 2010 Census is a massive undertaking that requires the work of more than one million individuals. With the national unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, the good news is that the 2010 Census will create hundreds of thousands of temporary, part-time jobs across the United States.

“For many families struggling to make ends meet, the jobs that are being created to assist with the 2010 Census could not come at a better time,” said Carrie A. Hurt, president and CEO of BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas. “A part-time job with the census bureau can help pay bills while still leaving consumers time to look for permanent employment.”

Job hunters can apply for jobs with the census bureau now; however, most hiring will take place during the spring of 2010.
Census takers usually work in their own communities, going door-to-door, conducting brief interviews with households that did not return a questionnaire. Census takers work approximately 20 to 40 hours per week, primarily in the evenings and on weekends and are paid weekly.

An applicant’s chances of getting a job with the census depend on many factors, such as the availability of work in his or her community, test score results, number of hours he or she is available for census work and veterans’ preference. Also, the ability to speak a second language - even a rare language - fluently is a sought-after trait.

BBB and the US Census Bureau recommend that interested individuals take the following steps to apply for a job with the 2010 Census:

• Review the census bureau’s jobs website for qualifications.

• Call 1-866-861-2010 to learn about available jobs and contact the local census bureau office to schedule an appointment to take the basic skills test. Sample tests are available online to allow prospective job candidates an opportunity to practice and prepare for the types of questions asked.

• Fill out the appropriate application and take it with you on the day of testing. Candidates will also need to bring a I-9 Form and proper identification to take the test.

• Follow up on the test results and application status with the local census office by contacting personnel directly.
For more information on the 2010 Census, visit www.2010census.gov.

For advice on avoiding job scams and to check the reliability of a company, visit www.bbb.org.