Census Bureau hiring temporary positions across US and Puerto Rico

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Pay rates for Census jobs in Allegheny County range from $21 to $23.50 per hour.

Video: The tagline for the 2020 Census is: “Shape your future. START HERE.” Courtesy of the United States Census Bureau

By NSC Staff

Calling all Pittsburgh job seekers: Applications are now open to join the 2020 Census team.

According to the 2020 U.S. Census website, the U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting “hundreds of thousands of people for temporary jobs,” including “census takers, census field supervisors, recruiting assistants, clerks, and office operations supervisors.” Office and census taker pay rates in Allegheny County range from $21 to $23.50 per hour.

Accurate census data and statistics—specifically, state population counts—are key to the process of apportionment, or “determining how many representatives each state will have in Congress.” They also often determine how federal funds are spent, such as “support[ing] education, health care, firefighting services, and more.” Racial data is especially important for the U.S. Census Bureau to collect. It helps “to evaluate government programs and policies to ensure that they fairly and equitably serve the needs of all racial groups and to monitor compliance with antidiscrimination laws, regulations, and policies.”

Right now, over 80% of regional census offices are reportedly understaffed. But Steven Dillingham, Census Bureau director, isn’t concerned. During a Feb. 12 hearing on Capitol Hill, he reportedly said that by April, he anticipates being fully staffed.

Visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or have a speech disability, contact the Federal Relay Service via phone at 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII or online at www.gsa.gov/fedrelay.

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