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Get Paid to Count the American People

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By Jim Sliney Jr.

Did you know there are going to be hundreds of thousands of jobs created in order to carry out the 2020 Census?

The public discussion about the 2020 Census has been dominated by “the citizenship question”. Is it in? Is it out? It seems to be out but who knows? But the Census is so much more important than just that one thing. Reducing the Census to just the citizenship question is like sitting down for a family meal but just focusing on the tablecloth.

The US Census is a counting of all the people in the United States of America. We all get counted. We all only get counted once. The breakdown of the population by gender, age, race, and other factors informs the government how and where to spend the $675 billion per year. That’s federal money spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the Census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the Census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.

Back in May when the Census was being discussed by the US Supreme Court, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement by Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida. Bishop Dewane, the chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said, “The Catholic Church and other service providers rely on the national Census to provide an accurate count in order to effectively serve those in need.”

Without accurate counting, communities might not receive the resources they need to help the less fortunate. And that is why Catholic Charities of New York is helping to make sure the Census is carried out fairly and accurately.

GET A JOB WORKING FOR THE CENSUS

Conducting an accurate Census requires a lot of human power. The first Census back in 1790 employed 625 people. The 2010 Census employed 635,000.

There are multiple kinds of positions as well, not just door-to-door counters. There are office positions like clerical support and operations supervisors, as well as field positions like recruiting assistants, enumerators (those are the door-to-door folks) and field supervisors. For the first time, people will be able to fill out the Census online as well as by mail and phone.

HOW TO APPLY

Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Just visit 2020Census/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information. Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at the US Census website.

Those who are being considered for a position will receive a telephone interview. If offered a job, they will receive instructions on next steps via email.

Applicants will need to complete paperwork online and make an appointment to get fingerprinted for the background check. Once they are offered the job, there will be a period of time before their start date to allow time for the background clearance process. To search for possible management positions, go to USAjobs.gov.

Catholic Charities will be keeping you updated on Census information and job opportunities. We all have to be counted in the Census, but by applying for a job with the Census you are also being counted among those who are committed to fairness and truth.