The 2020 Census is looking for people to become Census Takers.  The Census happens every 10 years. The Census counts the people living in America.  This information is used to help determine where government funds go to, where infrastructure like bridges and roads are built and even allocating seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

     So how does this happen?  The Census Bureau hires many people to help them.  They are looking for qualified people to start this procedure.  To be qualified for a job with the Census Bureau: you need to be a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, have an email address and have your own mode of transportation.  This job requires a considerate amount of driving. This means that you will need a good dependable vehicle.  

     Census Takers are working for the federal government as  part time employees. The pay is $14 an hour with 58 cents per mile.  You are paid weekly and will receive a W-2. Training is also paid. To apply, go to the Census website 2020census.gov/jobs.  It takes about 15 minutes to do the application and submit it. You will need your social security number. Men will need their Selective Service number.  If you don't remember your Selective Service number there is a link to a website that can help find it. You will also need to be able to pass a federal fingerprint background check which the U.S. Census Bureau pays for.  

     Raymond Caputo, a Census Bureau recruiter, stated that veterans get preference with disabled veterans going to the top of the list.  He said that the bureau is asking for 30 hours or more now. They will be hiring all the way through February 2020. The process of the census is long and more and more people will be hired as time goes on.  

     Owsley County Judge Executive Cale Turner stated that it is extremely important that everyone living in Owsley County gets counted.  This means the county, city, non-profit organizations and churches need to work together to help us get an accurate count. He said that we were undercounted the last time and this is how we get our funding.  “I want to see ALL of our county counted so that we can get the funding we deserve.” 

     So, if you are needing a part-time job, go to 2020Census.gov/jobs and fill out the application.  Help us get all of Owsley County counted.


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