The Census Bureau Wants You
To Hire You, That Is!
by George Selby
nationwide recruiting campaign is underway to find workers to fill
thousands of short-term employment slots during Census
2000. To adequately staff the temporary local census offices in
every state, a pool of some 3 million applicants will be needed.
To date, 1 million applications have been received.
"Census 2000 will be the largest
peacetime mobilization in our nations history," said
Commerce Secretary Daley, "and hiring and retaining well-qualified
workers will be critical towards achieving a fair and accurate account."
Director Kenneth Prewitt has urged everyone interested in a census
job to call the agencys toll-free number, 1-888-325-7733.
Additional information about Census 2000 jobs, including the
addresses of local census offices may be found on the Census
Census 2000 jobs are ideal for retirees,
students and others seeking part-time work. And, for the first time,
most federal employees will be allowed to work on the census outside
of their normal work hours. Pay rates range from $8.25 to $18.50
People hired will work primarily out
of the 520 local census offices across the country. Generally, each
of the local census offices will require about 1,000 workers, most
of them during a period of four to six weeks. The largest number
will be needed beginning in mid-April when census workers visit
households that do not return their Census 2000 forms by mail.
During the course of census operations,
there will be more than 860,000 employment slots to be filled! Some
workers will be hired for one slot and then rehired later to fill
According to Dr. Prewitt, "Our
goal is to have a pool of local people who are familiar with their
communities and committed to a successful count in their own neighborhoods.
The census has a major impact on communities
nationwide in terms of apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives,
state legislative redistricting and to help determine the share
of federal program funds made available to state, local and tribal
governments over the next decade. Data gathered will affect
decisions on many matters of local importance, including education,
health care, employment, housing, transportation and the environment.
Hence the census slogan: "Its Your Future...Dont
Leave It Blank."
About the Author
George Selby, a member, Federal Communicators
Network, is Supervisory Marketing Specialist in the Marketing Services
Office, U.S. Census Bureau, in Suitland, MD. You may reach him at
(301) - 457-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.