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  • Census offers jobs

  • The United States Census Bureau is hiring workers now to prepare for the next Census Day on April 1, 2010. Thousands will be recruited within Kansas, Eloy Gallegos, a U.S. Census partnership specialist said, but he could not predict how many might be hired in Pratt County.


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  • The United States Census Bureau is hiring workers now to prepare for the next Census Day on April 1, 2010. Thousands will be recruited within Kansas, Eloy Gallegos, a U.S. Census partnership specialist said, but he could not predict how many might be hired in Pratt County.
    Most are part-time jobs, with wages ranging from $7.50 to $14.75 an hour, depending on the job and the location in the state. Mileage is reimbursed.
    It’s an excellent opportunity for U.S. citizens age 18 and up, great for retirees, fits in a college student’s schedule and helps anyone needing some supplemental income.
    “If you have a job and need some extra money, we’ll work with you,” Gallegos said.
    Census takers usually work in their own neighborhoods and must work varied hours, not exceeding 40 hours a week. Some assignments may include interviewing respondents, often during the evening or weekend hours.
    Jobs are also available for crew leaders, assistant crew leaders, recruiting assistants and census clerks.
    A 28-question multiple choice employment test is required. To schedule an appointment to take the test and apply for a job, call 1-866-861-2010.
    Four days of paid training will begin in the near future, according to Gallegos.
    About two-thirds of Pratt County residents responded to the 2000 Census — not good enough, Gallegos said.
    Census data is used to draw legislative districts, allocate funds for school districts, Head Start programs, Women, Infants and Children food grants, and programs for the elderly and determine where to build roads. The data helps the private sector, as well as state and federal governments determine where jobs and job programs are needed and helps potential homeowners research property values, median income and other demographic information about a particular community. In all, the Census Bureau has identified 50 ways that data are used.
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