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Census Bureau hopes to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers in 2020

Census Bureau hopes to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers in 2020
Posted at 2:37 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 16:01:58-05

If you’re looking to make some extra cash this year, you may want to consider applying for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country. The goal is to reach more than 2 million applicants.

Officials say the positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. Click here to determine the pay rate in a specific area.

Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply.

The selection process for the jobs begins in January, with paid training occurring in March and April. After training, most positions work between May and early July.

You can use this interactive map to see where hiring is taking place and where applicants are most needed. The Census Bureau says it needs more applicants in all 50 states, especially in Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Officials say census takers are critical for their communities during the 2020 Census — going door to door to collect responses from households who have not responded online, by phone or by mail.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.

“Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”

Click here for more information about the 2020 Census.