2020 Census now hiring for well-paying temporary positions

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A well-paying job that’s good for your community? Count us in!

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting hundreds of temporary positions in the Bay Area, including in Contra Costa County.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, job seekers are encouraged to attend an information session about positions and the application from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the San Pablo EDC office at 13839 San Pablo Ave., Suite D.

A recruiter from the Census will lead the workshop about the variety of temporary positions, full-or part-time, that are available.

Among the available positions, hundreds of census takers are being recruited in advance of the 2020 Census Nonresponse Follow Up (NRFU) Operation, which aims to count people in-person at housing units who have not self-responded to the Census questionnaire. Census takers can earn anywhere from $20 to $30 per hour depending on the county. They earn $20 per hour in Santa Cruz, Napa and Solano counties, $25 per hour in Contra Costa, Alameda and Marin counties and $30 per hour in San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Their job is not just well-paying, but important. Conducted every 10 years, the U.S. Census aims to conduct an accurate account of all persons residing in the U.S. Data from the census determines how the government distributes over $600 billion a year in federal and state funding to localities, and contributes to the goal of fair representation for all in government.

For those who can’t make Thursday morning’s workshop at San Pablo EDC, you can also apply online and learn more about job openings at 2020census.gov/jobs. Of call 1-855-JOB-2020.