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Every 10 years since 1790, the United States has undertaken one massive task: counting all of the people who live here.
The 2020 Census is coming up next year but the government is already looking to hire about a half a million people to help collect the information. Data collected from the census is used to determine representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for roads, schools, hospitals, and more.
Of course, this year, the census isn’t without controversy. Although the official Questions Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey states that the citizenship question has been asked since 1890, that’s not entirely the full story. Since 1950, the question has only appeared on the long form version of the census, which is only sent to select households. With the rush to print the census looming, it’s unclear at this point whether or not the citizenship question will appear on the final version.
Census positions in Franklin County offer competitive pay, ranging from $14.50-$18/hour. Census takers will be responsible for going door-to-door to count people who didn’t fill out their survey online, by phone, or by mail. The hours are flexible and if you’ve been searching for a part-time gig this summer, it may be a great option for you.
In order to apply for the position, you have to be at least 18 years old with a valid Social Security Number, be a U.S. citizen, have a valid email address, and pass a criminal background check. If all of that goes well, you’ll also need computer and internet access to complete your training and likely, access and ability to drive.
The job pays weekly and drivers will be reimbursed for mileage and the position will likely last for a few weeks, while the Census Bureau is operating in the area. If you’d like to apply for a position, you can do so at 2020census.gov.
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