In Feb. 13 IssueBy Derek AaronRCN Editor
The big one, the 2010 census, is now just about a month from getting underway and the state has census workers set to comb the state, including Russell County, but need nearly 200 additional workers for the county, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Kentucky’s central offices are located in Louisville and Lexington. The Lexington office can be reached at 859-422-7230.
A census office is also now open in nearby Somerset on East Mt. Vernon St. That office can be reached at 606-219-4870. Census takers start at: $10.75 per hour.
Somerset Office Manager Althea Francis said Russell County needed 300 census workers for this spring’s census and just now has 105 workers in the county.
“We’re just a third of the way there,” she said. “We need as many as possible.”
Francis said anyone wanting to work for the census should visit www.2010censusjobs.gov, fill in their zip code and they will be given the number to the Somerset office.
She said those wanting to work have options of morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday tests that are available to accommodate citizens.
“We will begin hiring again March 1st,” she said.
Many Russell County census workers were certified in their positions last year after completing all the required criteria. The workers gathered address information through the summer months.
The census workers visited every address in their assigned county areas and documented the information using hand held computing devices complete with global positioning capability which then transmitted the data via wireless communications back to census headquarters.
The most work will be late April to early July. The jobs will last a few weeks to a few months, according to the census. Some jobs are full-time while many are part-time.
Workers also will be reimbursed for mileage.
Applicants must be older than 18, complete the written exam, undergo a background check, have a Social Security card and have access to a vehicle.
The 2000 Census showed Russell County's population at 16,315, a number that is expected to rise substantially yet again in 2010.
The government's 2010 census workers are identifiable by an official U.S. Census Bureau badge. According to the census program, the workers will not ask for personal information, like a social security number.
At the time of their census worker certification, the workers took an confidentiality oath that, if broken, could result in a fine of up to $250,000 and five years imprisonment.
Census results go a long way toward determining your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools and public safety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Web site.
Census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every home in the country in March, according to the federal government.
The bureau will mail a second form to homes that do not respond to the initial questionnaire and if there is still no response, the home will be called or visited by a Census worker.
The questions on the census ask you to provide information that is accurate for your household as of April 1, 2010.
The Census Bureau must count all residents of the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens before sending state population totals to President Barack Obama by December 31, 2010.
The last census, taken in 2000, counted more than 281 million people, a number that has risen exponentially ever since.