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Like to count? Census needs thousands of temp workers
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Hector Montalvo Sanabria, who works with the Atlanta Regional Census Center, explains how the 2020 census will differ from the last demographic survey taken in 2010, as well as how local community groups can assist the census bureau in reaching “hard-to-count” populations, such as minorities, immigrants and children. - photo by Joshua Silavent

As 2020 begins, the country is preparing for the U.S. Census, a housing and population count that happens once a decade and will bring about 1,700 temporary jobs to Hall County.

The Census’ Gainesville office, which covers 26 North Georgia counties, will need about 14,000 employees and has already recruited about 6,000, according to David Williams, the office manager. In Hall County, about 1,700 people are needed and 700 have been recruited.

Pay rates in Hall County will range from $15.50 to $17 an hour, according to the Census website. Employees doing field work will be reimbursed for mileage.

Several positions are available, and people only need to send in one application to be considered for multiple positions. Census takers will visit households that have not yet responded to the Census to speak with residents and collect data. Field supervisors will oversee the Census takers. Recruiting assistants will work to find Census employees and educate about the opportunities. Clerks will perform administrative tasks in area offices, and office operations supervisors will oversee employees at the offices. All positions include paid training.

Applicants have to be at least 18, and requirements include a valid Social Security number and email address, U.S. citizenship and for most positions, access to a computer and the internet.

Census data is used to determine how many representatives each state receives in Congress and district boundaries, as well as planning for needs in areas such as transportation and schools.

“We have to have a complete count and an accurate count. It’s very broad, but it’s very specific,” Williams said.

To apply for a job with the Census, go to 2020census.gov/jobs. 

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