U.S. Census to get underway in 2009

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Enumerators, office workers and supervisors will be needed

By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

With 2009 just a day away, the United States Census Bureau is preparing for its once-a-decade project – conducting the U.S. Census.

As part of that, the bureau’s offices throughout the nation will be recruiting for the enumerators who will do the footwork of counting the nation’s residents.

Enter Diane Reed, a recruiter and tester for the bureau’s Lexington office. Beginning next week, Reed will conduct tests for enumerators at the Henry County Public Library in Eminence. Reed also will conduct tests in Scott and Grant counties for superivisory positions.

While she did not have a firm number on how many positions will be available, Reed said the jobs will be part time positions that will range in pay from $13.75 to $15.75 per hour. And she wants those jobs to go to Henry County residents.

“They know the area, which is very necessary,” she said. “I want that employment to go to those residents.” It helps, too, to have people who know and live in a county counting its residents.

Reed added that the jobs could last from 10 weeks to several months, depending on how much work needs to be done, how quickly the work is done and how many people are available to do it all. She said hiring will take place from January 2009 all the way through May 2010. “There will be lots of different positions that will be developed as we go along with the census.

Many of the details are not finalized, including just when the counting will start, though the census has to be compiled and to the President by Dec. 31, 2010.

In addition to the folks who will do the actual counting – the enumerators – the bureau will hire map canvassers, crew leaders, trainers, and more. “There’s so many jobs that are involved in this important task in getting an accurate count,” Reed said.

Reed worked as an enumerator for the 2000 census, and said she found the job through the newspaper. Among other things, Reed said she enjoyed interacting with people, the flexible hours and the good pay.

After the census workers are hired, they will be trained on how to take the census, as well as some safety tips.

Testing dates for all positions except supervisory slots will occur on the following dates at the Henry County Public Library:

Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Reed said the enumerator test takes about 30 minutes, but applicants should plan for two hours of testing, forms and applications.

Testing for supervisors will be held on the following dates:

Friday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Scott County Public Library.

Monday Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Grant County Public Library.

Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Scott County Public Library.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Scott County Public Library.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grant County Public Library.

Sunday, Jan. 25 a 6 p.m. at the Grant County Public Library.

The supervisor’s test lasts about an hour, and applicants should plan for 2.5 hours of testing, forms and applications. Applicants also need to bring three references.

All applicants need to bring two forms of identification — for example, a drivers license and a social security card or original birth certificate) — or a passport.


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