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Census Bureau Needs To Recruit Millions

Retired older adults may be ideally suited for part-time work to count Americans

The government is gearing up for the 2020 Census and will need temporary workers to collect data. But with unemployment rates at near-record lows, it may be difficult to find applicants, the Census Bureau reports.

While it won’t be taking applications until later in the year, the bureau is encouraging those who might be interested to sign up for the Census Jobs email update. The bureau stresses that anyone age 18 or older may be qualified and that hours are flexible. 

In the past, retired adults have made up a good portion of those who work in the decennial count of Americans.

Even before putting data collectors into neighborhoods, the bureau says, it wants literally millions of applications from which to choose its workforce.

In 2009 and 2010, the bureau took 3.9 million applications. According to a 2011 follow-up report on the 2010 census, of those recruited, 2.8 million were deemed eligible for employment, and 857,000 eventually were hired.

The most common positions for census employment are enumerators, who go door-to-door, often within their own neighborhoods, to collect information from those who have not filed the census questionnaire that will be sent to all households by early 2020. Pay for 2010 enumerators ranged between $11 and $25 per hour, depending on location.

In many communities, the bureau will be looking for bilingual applicants.

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