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Census hiring in Cobb as county boosts outreach

Cobb officials hope to count every Cobb resident for the 2020 U.S. Census to receive more federal funding for various projects. (Courtesy of Cobb County)
Cobb officials hope to count every Cobb resident for the 2020 U.S. Census to receive more federal funding for various projects. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

The U.S. Census Bureau will be recruiting temporary workers in Cobb this Friday, Jan. 10, at three of the county’s tag offices.

The bureau is expected to hire up to 2,900 in the Atlanta area with pay ranging from $17.50 to $22 an hour.

The census, which will begin this spring, is mandated by the Constitution and helps determine congressional representation as well as federal funding.

In 2010, the response rate among Cobb residents was around 78 percent, resulting in a loss of $250 million in federal funds for the county.

This year, the county is spending $58,000 on outreach to areas characterized by transient populations and people for whom English is not the primary language in an attempt to make sure everyone is counted.

Census recruiters will be at the East, North and South Cobb tag offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.