2010 Census door-to-door operations begin

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun 2010 Census Complete Count Door-to-Door Follow-Up Operations with the households who have not responded to the 2010 Census.

Census takers will attempt to get the basic information on the ten questions on 2010 Census and if the household is not available census takers will make additional attempts.

When a census taker visits a home, he or she will try to collect the information by interviewing an adult member of the household. Dennis R. Johnson, Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, stated “I encourage the public to cooperate with census takers when they are working in your neighborhood. The 2010 Census is not yet done and this work is vital to our efforts to get a complete and accurate count of everyone living in each community.”

These follow-up operations will be conducted by official census takers. An official census taker must present an ID Badge with a Department of Commerce seal and expiration date; may be carrying a bag with a U.S. Census Bureau logo; and if asked they will provide you with their supervisor’s phone number and/or the local census office phone number for verification.

The 2010 Census is a huge undertaking that also provides temporary employment opportunities for local residents interested in working on the census. Census jobs offer good pay, flexible hours and paid training while performing an important public service. Best of all, those hired may work in their own community.

Census jobs are perfect summer jobs for teachers, students (over 18 years old), retirees, and just about anyone interested in earning some extra money. Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, have a valid Social Security Card, and be available to work 20 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must take a basic skills test and pass a background check. Interested persons should call 1-866-861-2010 to find out how and where to apply for a job working on the 2010 Census.

The 2010 Census is an actual count of everyone living in the United States and it is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used to allocate congressional seats to the states and to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year.

Available resources on-line include:

2010 Census website: http://www.2010census.gov
2010 Census Jobs: http://www.2010censusjobs.gov
2010 Census How It Works: http://www.2010census.gov/2010census/how
2010 Census Why It’s Important: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/why
2010 Census Privacy & Confidentiality: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/privacy
2010 Census in Spanish: http://www.2010census.gov/espanol
Additional materials are available to help in your coverage of the 2010 Census including b-roll, photos and audio, visit http://mediadownload.census.gov/ for download.

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