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Census Bureau set to fill thousands of temporary jobs

Every decade the U.S. Census Bureau bulks up its staff to handle a count of every household in the country. In North Carolina, census offices plan to fill about 20,000 temporary full-time and part-time positions over the next 1.5 years. Every 10 years, households across the U.S. are required to fill out a census survey that asks about gender age, race, and ethnicity. U.S. Census Regional Director William Hatcher says his staff has been preparing for the 2010 count since the last census was compiled. He says census offices always hire more staff as it gets closer to when the surveys go out. This time around, Hatcher expects North Carolina census offices will need to hire 5,000 people this year and another 15,000 next year. "Just counting the additional population demands more resources. We'll need more offices, more field workers," says Hatcher. Field workers come up with address lists and knock on doors of people who have not responded to the surveys. Those jobs usually last for two to three months and pay $14 to $18 an hour. The U.S. Census Bureau expects to start hiring next month.