Dr. Steven Dillingham

U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham testifies before the House Oversight subcommittee on Beyond the Citizenship Question: Repairing the Damage and Preparing to Count 'We the People' in 2020', hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.

The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

“Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said in a press release. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”

Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply.

The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July.

Alabama is at risk of losing a congressional seat if the state's census turnout is low, and Gov. Kay Ivey and Dillingham came to Cullman in August to remind area residents of the importance of participating.

“You can’t state enough the importance of the 2020 Census,” Dillingham said. “It is extremely important in so many ways, certainly with apportionment and redistricting and federal dollars, but also with state and local dollars and your organizations and businesses.”

Ivey said her goal for Alabama is to reach at least an 80 percent participation rate in the 2020 Census, which would be a new record for the state.

“Set a record and stand up and be counted,” Ivey said.

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