Local people sought to fill census jobs

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23rd U.S. Census under way; count to be completed in 2010

By Phyllis McLaughlin

A mandate in the U.S. Constitution means some local jobs are opening up that will last at least until the end of 2010.

The U.S. Census Bureau in Northern Kentucky needs to fill a number of positions, from enumerators (census takers) to crew leaders and assistant crew leaders to help count the number of people living in Carroll County.

The 2010 census will be the 23rd taken since the first was conducted in 1790. The census must be taken every 10 years, and its data is used to configure political districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislative districts and federal funding.

“We need people to get an accurate count,” so no one is short-changed,” said recruiting assistant Will Thurmond from the Northern Kentucky office.

Thurmond said those interested in taking on one of the part-time, temporary jobs must be at least 18 years old and either U.S. citizens or have legal permission to live in the United States. A valid Social Security number is needed, along with a valid drivers license, particularly for those who will be working door to door.

Thurmond said while the jobs are listed as part-time, individuals may work up to, but not over, 40 hours a week. “You can even still keep your full-time job and work evenings and weekends for extra money,” he said.

For more information, call (866) 861-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov online. The News-Democrast will provide more information in upcoming issues.