|Workers Urged to Schedule Tests to Qualify for Well-Paying Jobs |
HOUSTON — Want to do your part in a national endeavor? The 2010 Census hiring campaign hits high gear in the Bayou City this week and those interested in good weekly pay, mileage reimbursement and experience with America’s count of its population may take a skills test at the Neighborhood Assistance Resource Center of the Houston Housing Authority, 815 Crosby Street, Wednesday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The U.S. Census Bureau is pushing to hire hundreds of workers to help complete the Census operation in neighborhoods inside the Loop, including, River Oaks, Montrose, West University, Bellaire, Memorial, the Heights and the Galleria and Medical Center areas.
Applicants must take a 30-minute skills test that measures the communications, math, logic and comprehension skills of potential Census workers. Those who want to attend should call 866-861-2010 to reserve a spot, but walk-ins are welcome.
Proof of identification is important for test takers. Either bring a passport, or a combination of two other valid unexpired types of identification -- one of which must have a photograph (acceptable photo ID’s include a drivers license, a state, federal or local government ID card or a student ID card) – in addition to a social security card, a birth certificate, or a U.S. Citizen ID card.
Unemployment in Houston is relatively high, at 8.4 percent in January , according to the latest figures available from the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Census Bureau seeks workers to conduct the Census in their own communities. The jobs are good for college students, retirees and stay-at-home parents. The work schedules are flexible and pay ranges from $8 to $24 an hour for job titles ranging from clerk to supervisor. The terms will run from four to 12 weeks or longer. The lack of adequate workers could mean an undercount that could cost the region valuable federal funding for needed social services, roads, schools and hospitals.
To prepare for the test, applicants can take the practice test on the Census Web site: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf.
“Everyone deserves to have a voice and be counted, and by working for the 2010 Census, you will be directly involved with ensuring that happens,” said U.S. Census Bureau Dallas Regional Director Gabriel Sanchez.
For more information on hiring, visit the Census’ job site at http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/. For information on the 2010 Census in general, visit http://www.census.gov/2010census/.
Census forms were mailed last month. Residents are asked to fill out their forms and return them as soon as possible. Follow-up visits will begin in May.
The decennial Census determines congressional representation and the annual distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds for local and regional services.
Preference is given to U.S. citizens and most jobs require a driver’s license and the use of a vehicle. Each applicant will undergo a background check.
Hiring has already started and will extend through spring 2010 for temporary assignments, most lasting eight weeks to a few months. The Dallas Regional Census Center is expected to hire about 125,000 workers to complete its task in its region, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Those who have questions about their census forms may call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 866-872-6868. For assistance in languages other than English, call 866-928-2010.