Census Bureau needs to hire 175 people in White County

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Three recruiting sessions planned for Dec. 11 to help fill temporary Census taker positions

  • The U.S. Census Bureau will hold three recruiting sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of its current effort to hire staff for the 2020 Census.
    The U.S. Census Bureau will hold three recruiting sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of its current effort to hire staff for the 2020 Census.
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The U.S. Census Bureau will hold three recruiting sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of its current effort to hire staff for the 2020 Census.

Starting pay for the temporary Census taker positions is $17 an hour plus 58 cents a mile for mileage reimbursement. About 175 Census takers are needed in White County for the Census, which takes place April 2020.

“Interested workers need to apply now in order to be ready to work as census takers in the spring,” according to John Sell, White County community and economic development director and chair of the White County Census Complete Count Committee.

The first recruiting session is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Cleveland branch of the White County Public Library, at 10 Colonial Drive. The second session will be from 2-4 p.m. at the White County Senior Center, at 1239 Helen Highway in Cleveland. The third session will be at the library from 5-7 p.m.

Recruiters will assist interested workers in filling out the online application during the sessions. Online applications are available at 2020census.gov/jobs for interested parties who can’t attend one of the three recruitment gatherings. Job requirements, frequently asked questions and position descriptions are also available on the website.

Sell emphasizes that importance of 2020 Census figures to the community.

“We need part-time employees to help conduct the 2020 Census and make sure that there is an accurate count of all people living in White County,” Sell says. “The Census count is critical because it is the basis for how more than $675 billion are allocated from more than 100 federal programs. The Census count is also used to determine federal congressional districts, as well as state and local election districts.”