U.S. Census bringing jobs to Mid-South

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The U.S. Census Bureau is kicking off a campaign to get Americans to fill out and return soon-to-be-mailed census forms.  Monday, Bureau officials said they want all of the nation's 300-million residents to fill out their once-a-decade census forms and mail them back.

"The Census Bureau conducts a decennial census, every ten years, and 2010 is our next census," said Lilly Eng-Hirt, manager at the Memphis Census Office.

And the Bureau will need workers to collect the population data.

"We will be hiring from every neighborhood across the city of Memphis," Eng-Hirt said.

In Shelby County alone, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking at hiring 1,000 to 1,500 people, with pay rates between $12.75 and $20 bucks an hour. Doug Imig, an expert in political science, said Monday that census jobs stimulate the whole community.

"If we hired 1,000 census workers and we paid them an average of $17 an hour, the average census worker is going to be employed by the federal government for six weeks.  This is a significant infusion of cash into our community," Imig said.

And the hiring has already started.  In March, census workers will send surveys to the public through he mail.  For those who do not return the mailers, field workers pick up the baton.

"We do have some office jobs," Eng-Hirt said. "Most of them are filled right now.  Our field positions are what we're really trying to fill."

They are also looking for bilingual workers.

"We do have some Hispanic speaking employees and we always welcome more," Eng Hirt said. "We are currently looking for other languages as well."

There are four offices in our area, in Memphis, Cordova, Horn Lake, and Jonesboro.  Salaries vary by position.  Potential workers must be at least 18-years-old, and have a valid drivers license and social security card.

Field workers will be required to use their own car while working, but will be reimbursed for mileage.

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