Every 10 years since 1790, the census has been taken in the United States to get a head count of every person in the country.
The data collected in 2020, will help decide where funding for various programs go and how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. Those are the long-term effects of the census, in the short-term the census could create around 127 temporary jobs in Otero County alone come March.
“Unemployment's at a pretty low number in the state of Colorado and suddenly you have a project where you need to find 40,000 people,” Partnership Specialist for the Census Bureau Dustin Senger said.
He went on to say that recruiters split up that number and look at how many people they can hire in different areas. The big thing he said they want to do is hire local people from all of the different counties so they don’t have to send someone from a place like Colorado Springs to take the census in Bent or Otero County.
“What we're trying to do is make sure these jobs stay local,” he said.
The hours for these jobs are pretty flexible where people could work as little as 20 hours a week or as much as 40 hours a week. They’re also able to create their own schedule and work at their own pace.
“I think Bent County is at $14 an hour plus 58 cents a mile,” he said.
They pay out weekly and have paid training, some of the requirements for the job are that you must be a U.S. citizen, pass a background check and go through around seven and a half days of training. The training consists of one and a half days of in-class training and 6 days of online classes.
People who do get hired for these positions would be working for about a 6 week period, but Senger added that there is a potential to be hired full-time after that period concludes. This is why he recommends filling out the whole application which includes management questions.
“If somebody fills out the survey and say they get a phone call for a clerk job, they can turn that down. But if they turn down a job offer on the third time it’s highly likely they’ll be dropped from the system, unless they move to a different time zone,” he said.
He also said that the number that may call to offer a job could come from an unknown number or a number with the 303 area code. They also may or may not leave a message, Senger said, so he advised that if you do apply and get a call from a number like that to call it back as soon as possible because they move on pretty quick.
He said that when it comes to applying, it's a first come first serve so the people who apply right away will have a better chance of obtaining a job. It was also indicated that veterans receive preference when they apply.
“This is the largest federal mobilization within the United States,” he said.
There are a lot of regional offices that will be opening up around the state and many job openings will pop up during this period.
The cut-off date for applications is Dec. 31, 2019 to learn more about how to apply you can visit 2020census.gov/en/jobs to learn more.