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Census to create new jobs in area

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Every 10 years American's are counted, counted that is in the census. These numbers are important for not only grant purposes, but also for the United States government to get accurate numbers, demographics and other vital information regarding the population to get a clear picture of growth or decline. It is not only important, it is mandatory that American's fill out their census forms. The information can affect the number of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the Census Bureau, this data is also used to help advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets and locate pools of skilled workers and more.

The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services such as hospitals, training centers, schools, public works such as roads and bridges as well as other emergency services.

To accomplish this huge task of counting Americans and recording vital information, the United States Census is creating 1,100 jobs locally in Sharp, Randolph and Lawrence counties. Those interested in working for the census must first take a short test. The test will be given locally every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Highland City Hall and at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Village City Hall until the end of March or until all positions are filled. An alternate location is at the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department located at 370 Elm Street in Black Rock at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 2 p.m. most Saturdays. It is recommended to call prior to making the trip for the Saturday testing. The local representative said it is important to come early to take the test. Applicants who think they might want to work for the census are encouraged to take the test, in the event they are hired, they can then refuse the job but cannot go back and take the test after the testing period ends.

After the applicant takes the test, a criminal background check is conducted and then those hired are contacted by phone. After the jobs are accepted, applicants are then interviewed and set up the mandatory 3-4 day training session which is very flexible and works with most any schedule, including being offered on nights and weekends.

The hours to be worked vary with many being during evening and weekend hours when most people are home. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident or noncitizen with a valid work visa and possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens. Other requirements are that the applicant be at least 18 years of age with a valid social security number and driver's license. Males born after Dec. 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

The process is very easy; appointments are recommended but not required. To set up an appointment call 1-866-861-2010. Then show up at one of the testing locations 15 minutes early with two forms of identification, including a driver's license and social security card or other document to establish identity and then fill out the application and take the test.

The local representative says these jobs offer very competitive wages plus mileage and are ideal for someone desiring part-time temporary work.

For more information on census jobs in the area, those interested may visit the 2010 census Web site at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/.

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