If you're looking for a part-time job with flexible hours and good pay, the Census Bureau wants to hear from you. The agency is seeking to hire more than 500,000 people now to help with the 2020 census, and it has added a new tool to its website to show you exactly where workers are needed the most.
This month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report showing that of the 248 offices the bureau opened nationwide to help with the count, 202 still have not met their recruiting targets even though the main count is set to begin in just a few weeks. In December, the bureau decided that it would increase pay rates for many of the positions, the report says.
In January, the Census Bureau launched an interactive map of the nation that lets you see which counties still have many jobs available. The map also shows what the current hourly wage is for an “enumerator,” the job of going door-to-door this spring to help Americans who have not already completed their 2020 census questionnaire fill out the form.
The agency still has positions available nationwide, but there's a particularly high need for more workers in 18 states: Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The pay ranges from $13.50 to $30 per hour, based on position and location, and those hired should expect their job to last six to eight weeks. To apply, go to 2020census.gov/jobs. AARP is hosting a part-time-jobs online expo on Jan. 23, during which you'll be able to ask a Census Bureau representative any questions you have about these positions.