The United States Census Bureau plans to hire up to 4,000 people for various temporary jobs in the Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus areas.
Most people will be hired as enumerators, which pays $13 per hour, plus mileage, according to Jerome Graham, an assistant recruiter with the Bureau’s Toledo office on Jefferson Avenue.
Enumerators are part-time census employees that go door-to-door to addresses that fail to return a census form.
Graham asked Oregon City Council on Monday to get the word out that the Bureau is scheduling tests for the positions in Oregon this month.
“Everyone who wishes a position with the U.S. Census Bureau has to be first tested,” he said. The tests will be held in the Oregon municipal building on Seaman Road on Friday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., he said. The testing was also expected on Friday, Jan. 9 at the same time and place.
“For the amount of publicity you hear about people unemployed, the numbers coming out have been real low. I would like to solicit your help to get out information any way you can to anyone you may know about the employment opportunities,” he said to council.
“We’re hiring a lot of people. We just need to see the volume of people coming out for Census testing,” he said.
A practice test is posted on the Census Bureau’s Web site at www.census.gov/detroit. The test has 28 questions. The test has five parts, including questions involving clerical, reading, number and organizational skills, and interpreting information and evaluating alternatives.
“The hours are very flexible and can be anywhere from 20-40 hours per week. But it is a temporary part-time position. I tell everyone that if you’re looking to make a lifetime career out of this job, the career will probably end in two years,” he said. “We say it’s 10 weeks of employment, but that can be extended. It depends on how much work is available in your area, and what other opportunities that they need you for.”
Graham said he’s contacted various organizations, including the Oregon City Schools District, to distribute information on the positions to the public.
He would like to test up to 25 people per time period, he said.
Besides enumerators, there are other positions available that pay between $8-$19 per hour, said Graham.
Those interested must be at least 18-years-old and have a valid drivers license, he said.