Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) highlighted the availability of employment opportunities with the United States Census Bureau and the importance of the constitutionally-required decennial tally and demographic study to the Valley.
Right now, to conduct the 2010 census, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring over 3,000 people to work in four San Fernando Valley offices: Canoga Park, Panorama City, and Burbank. Each of these offices will hire 1,000.
Additional offices are located in Santa Clarita and Thousand Oaks. To find other offices in the region, visit the Census Bureau's interactive map:
The Regional Census Center, which is the operational main office for the Local Census Offices, is located in Northridge. The Regional Census Center will also be filling a number of administrative positions.
"These are tough times for the Valley and the nation. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County is estimated at 12.4 percent. For the unemployed, I certainly think that these census jobs are worth considering," said Congressman Brad Sherman. "Finding qualified Valley residents will help the U.S. Census Bureau do a thorough job of reporting on the diversity of our community."
The census is hiring now. These are temporary positions that will continue through the end of September 2010. Entry-level, census takers in these offices will earn $17.00 per hour. Supervisorial positions are also available. Generally, workers will be asked to work in their own communities. A valid driver's license is required. However, aside from a background check, there is no special experience or educational attainment required, although an employment test is required for all Local Census Office Positions.
Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010; households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person. Information shared with the U.S. Census Bureau is completely confidential.
The information collected for the census helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services, like bridges, tunnels, hospitals, schools, fire stations, and senior centers.
Applicants should call 866-861-2010 to schedule the next available exam in their area. For additional information on qualifications please visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/.