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2010 brings a new Census count

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Looking for work? There is a bit of a bright spot on the job front.

Hundreds, even thousands of people are finding jobs in Southwest Georgia thanks to the Census Bureau. The Census will take place in just a few months.

The process is pretty easy. You dial a number, take a test and apply, and you just might find yourself a job.

New trainees and potential employees file in and out of the U.S. Census Field office in Albany. "Lots of interest, lots of phone calls, lots of people checking out the website," said Jennifer Edwards, a Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census.

 Workers have been gearing up for the Census in Albany for more than a year, but it's now down to the wire, and they're looking for a few more good men and women to hire.

"The census is a great opportunity to give back to your community and the sense of being involved in such a dynamic process," said Edwards. "This only happens every 10 years, this is the discentennial census, so it's really important, if you're looking for an opportunity, people can come out."

Most of the available positions are for census takers, folks who will go out and make sure census questionnaires are turned back in, so that everyone is counted.  "We want a complete and accurate count. It's very important for the community. There's $400 Billion that the federal government spends each year and we want to make sure that our area gets its fair share of the funding."

And the jobs created by the census will spread around money too. Money that wouldn't be in the community if the jobs weren't here. "There is an economic boost as far a bringing people in, people are hired people can spend their money, they're getting paid, it all comes back around."

But the census only comes around every 10 years, so if you're looking for an opportunity with them, now's your chance.

To find out if you've got what it takes to work for the census, you can take their practice test HERE. It takes about 30 minutes, and involves math reading and organizational skills. The Census questionnaires will be sent out in the next few months.

Census takers will follow up with folks who don't return theirs during the summer.


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