The U.S. Census is conducted once a decade. The data collected in 2020 will determine each state’s share of representatives in Congress and nearly $900 billion in federal funding.

Fulton County still looking to hire thousands of census workers

It’s time again for the one-a-decade nationwide count, and Fulton County is looking to hire thousands of people to help conduct the 2020 Census. 

The county is in need of nearly 3,000 temporary employees to help complete this year’s count, which will officially begin on April 1.

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By spring, households nationwide will receive an invitation to participate in the Census, which residents can respond to either online, by phone or through the mail.

But in an effort to make sure everyone is counted, census workers will start visiting homes in May and June that haven’t responded. That’s where the team of temporary help comes in. 

To be eligible for a census job, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen and complete the application and assessment. 

Most of the jobs also require workers to have a car and driver’s license, access to a computer and an email address.

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“These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community,” the Census Bureau says on its website. “The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more.”

The decennial count determines $900 million in federal funding, as well as how many representatives each state gets in Congress. 

Census workers are paid “competitive wages,” usually between $14-$24 per hour, on a weekly basis. Positions are eligible for authorized expenses and reimbursement for mileage and field work.

Even if you have another job or commitments, the bureau promotes the positions as being flexible with your schedule. Positions range from 20-40 hours per week. 

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More information on how to apply for one of the Fulton County positions can be found here.

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