The U.S. Department of Commerce is looking for 400 Orange Countians to take a 30 minute test qualifying individuals for temporary census jobs. One hundred are needed in Bridge City alone. The pay is around $13 per hour and is paid weekly. The work is wavered and will not affect eligibility to Social Security, WIC, HUD housing and other social services. Hiring will continue through May.

Most of the jobs involve fieldwork in neighborhoods near the census taker’s home. Work schedules vary, many census takers have other full-time or part-time jobs. 

Not everyone who is qualified is hired; applicants who are selected are called when jobs are available. There may be an interval of a few months between testing and being offered a job. There is no discrimination of disabilities, but disabilities must be disclosed when securing an appointment to take the test so proper arrangements can be made to accommodate the tester. Senior citizens welcome. Veterans receive 5 points with presentation of their DD214; disabled veterans receive 15 points with DD214 and Letter of Disability.

Minimum requirements:

A completed application, proper identification documents, favorable background (name) check, completion of a 30 minute written employment test–

–Blank practice tests are available; can be given to organizations as well as to individuals.

–Test is available in Spanish (requires passing score on English proficiency test).

–An applicant may retest to raise his/her score.

–All training is in English.

Census takers must be available for four days of training, paid at the hourly rate. Mileage for field jobs is reimbursed. Jobs will last about 10-16 weeks for each operation. There are several consecutive operations that will continue through October. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. 

The local number to call for a testing site and date is 853-3300. You can also call toll-free for more info at 1-866-861-2010.

Why is the 2010 Census so important?
The updated census is used to apportion the seats in the House of Representatives and draw state legislative districts. The numbers determine the distribution of more than $300 billion annually in Federal, state, local and tribal funds. It helps evaluate the success of community programs and identifies populations that might be open and responsive to new services. Information is also used to determine sites for new businesses.

 “Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information and violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act reinforce these protections.
* Private information is never published

It is against the law to disclose or publish any of the following information:

* Names
* Addresses including GPS coordinates
* Social Security numbers
* Telephone numbers

The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
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Beware of Census scams
With the 2010 Census upon us, scammers have seized the opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens.

Documents have been showing up in the mail titled 2010 Census of Senior Citizens. It looks official and very much like the actual documents. There is no separate census for seniors. If anyone asks for a donation or asks for credit card or bank account numbers, do not give it to them. No census taker, in person or over the phone will ask for money or financial information. 

There is a legitimate phone survey of the 2010 Census taking place at this time.

If you do not fill out your 2010 Census form and mail it back, a census taker will come to your home to get the census questions answered. Once again, a legitimate census worker will not ask for a donation or for financial information.