Census wants workers it can count on

Census workers in Washington will earn $13.25 per hour. Oregon census workers will make $12.

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WALLA WALLA -- U.S. Census officials are still looking to hire hundreds of temporary workers locally for the 2010 Census, which is scheduled to kickoff Feb. 1.

"We tell people we like you to work at least 20 hours a week and up to 40, but we aren't really crazy about paying overtime," said Jim Hawley, local Census office manager.

The Census officially begins next month with the surveying of residents who live in housing facilities, such as dorms, prisons and nursing homes. But the greatest need for census workers will be in mid-April, after Census packets have been mailed and after people fail to mail back their completed packets, Hawley said.

By mid-April, Hawley hopes to have hired and trained 441 workers for Walla Walla County; he currently has just over 200 hired. Census officials for Umatilla County report they will need up to 700 workers by mid-April, and currently need 400 more.

Census workers in Washington state will earn $13.25 per hour. Oregon census workers will make $12.

Workers are compensated for mileage and training is paid. Both part-time and full-time positions are available.

Ideally, workers go out during afternoons and early evenings, when they are most likely to find people at home, Hawley said.

To learn more about applying for U.S. Census jobs, call 866-861-2010. Census workers must be 18 or older and pass a competency test.

For a list of qualifications and to take a sample competency test, go to www.2010censusjobs.gov.

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