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U.S. Census Bureau Hiring Up 1,200 in Eastern Washington

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In 2010 there will be a nationwide census and that means hundreds of jobs will open in the Tri-Cities. Every ten years the government does a population census. This time there will be seven questions.

They will ask questions like how many people are in your family, your race, age and education level. Pretty soon canvassers will be going door to door checking addresses for the census.
They say in Eastern Washington they plan to hire as many as 1,200 temporary workers. These jobs pay between about $12 and $15 an hour. If you would like to apply this is the best time.

All you need to do is call 1-866-861-2010. You will have to pass a thirty minute test and must be a U.S. citizen. Those jobs would start as soon as this March.

"Working for the Census Bureau and working on the Census really is fulfilling and I know that there's a lot of people out there that have aunts and uncles and mothers and fathers who at one time or another here worked on the census. It's amazing when you talk to people," said Brian Kennedy, Regional U.S. Census Director.

Besides population numbers, data collected by the census bureau is crucial to every region in America. They help determine how much federal grant money a region is allotted. The census also decides if a state can add another congressman.