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February 5, 2009

Census 2010 Hiring Workers Locally

While the nation just rang in the New Year, the United States Census is already making plans for 2010.

The 2010 Census count is a huge undertaking that will require community wide organization and participation. That means right now hundreds of people are being hired in northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa and surrounding counties. These workers will be at the heart of ensuring that each member of every community counts.

The initial process involves door-to-door canvassing to verify physical addresses and to record any changes of recorded properties in these regions, ultimately building the foundation for the 2010 Census.

Between 10 to 20 employees likely will be hired in Scotland County to perform the needed tasks over the next five to eight weeks.

Interested parties can call 1-866-861-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov to apply. The opportunity offers good weekly pay with flexible hours. Hires will receive paid training and will be reimbursed for authorized mileage and expenses while performing the property canvassing.

The process is critical as Census data directly affects how more than $300 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improve-ments, public health, education, transportation and much more. Thatís more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. Following Census 2000, $388 million in federal grants shifted to states with the biggest estimated population increases based on the census.

The census is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to define legislative districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government.


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