Need a Job? Can You Count?

The Census Bureau will create 1,500 jobs in Connecticut

Need a job? The U.S. Census Bureau might be able to help.

The Census Bureau wants to hire more than 1,500 people in Connecticut to conduct the 2010 Census.

The head count portion of the census will not begin until April 2010 but Russel Hicks, the census office manager in Hartford, said his office is doing all the preliminary groundwork.

Hicks said personnel will be needed to conduct the first major project for the 2010 Census, which will begin in February. The census bureau needs people to catalog and create a database of every single housing unit in every county, city and street in the United States using hand-held computers.

In July, census workers will begin counting beds at group quarters, including hospitals, prisons and military bases. This information will be put into a database for access during a natural disaster.

Part-time and full-time hours are available, but all positions are temporary, with no benefits. Some positions begin immediately and can last up to two years and others are 10-week assignments.  Pay ranges between $12 and $20 an hour, depending on the job.

Applicants are subject to a criminal background check and must  a test and are required to bring two forms of identification, including either a birth certificate or a social security card.  The test is 29 questions and applicants have 30 minutes to complete it.

Local municipalities are stepping up to offer their facilities for testing and interviewing.

In Middlefield, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw has offered the use of the town’s community center through April.  There are many other testing sites around the state.

For more information about applying for a job with the 2010 Census or to schedule a test, call (866) 861-2010.

The census, which began in 1790, is held every 10 years by constitutional mandate.

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