750,000 New Census Jobs: A Blessing and a Curse

censusHow could the creation of 750,000 new jobs with the Census Bureau be a bad thing? When those jobs are only temporary and part time, and they trick the powers that be into relaxing their efforts to solve the nation's unemployment problem. It's true that a little work is better than no work at all, but politicians could well slack off their job-creating duties when they see the lower unemployment rates and higher hiring rates those 2010 Census jobs could bring about in the month of April.

Here's the skinny: The Census Bureau is filling as many as 1.2 million positions, but some workers will do multiple duties. And, the vast majority of the new hires will work 19-hours a week for six weeks. Their jobs will be to go door-to-door, following up with those who failed to respond to the mailed out Census forms. The length of the jobs will depend on the number of non-responders, and the amount of time it takes to contact them.

Some experts predict that the 2010 Census hires could lower the unemployment rate .5 points, taking it from 9.7 to 9.2 in April and/or May. Politicians could point to those numbers and say, "Look! Our policies really are working! The problem is obviously solved," and then slack off, when they should be redoubling their efforts.

"This is in no way going to solve our unemployment situation. It's going to be a blip. A big blip, but it's going to be a blip," Wendy Button, chief of the decennial recruiting branch of the Census Bureau, told The Hill.com.

As of February, the Census Bureau had already hired 41,000 employees. Depending on their duties and location, a Census employee earns roughly from $11-22 per hour. Those interested in applying for a position can find out everything they need to know by clicking on 2010.Census.gov.

Carmen Montoya is one of those workers who easily passed the test given to potential employees, and is waiting to be called in to start. "Work is work, even it it's temporary and part time, and I'm grateful for it," she said. It's getting me out of the house and meeting people. And, since it's only part time, I still have plenty of time to devote to my real job search. I've been out of work for more than eight months now, and at this point, I'm just happy for anything that comes my way."

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andrea

I am currently a census worker in Queens NY. I work in the office in the administration dept. I work a full 40 hour week and have been employed for 2 months so far. It beats sitting at home collecting unemployment. People need to stop being cynical, the govt is going to give $ away either through SS or welfare so better to put ppl to work for it instead.

March 12 2010 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sports4Rus

Just another one of Obama's Temp Fixes...it's only a bandade, and a very poor one at that. Do these people realize that if they are getting unemployment...and then they have to claim this puny little bit of work...it could take away their claim, and then they'll be left with NOTHING. I checked into it, and I'd rather not have people slame doors in my face, cuss me out, and threaten bodily harm to me if I don't take that cencus report and get off their property! Like everything else, this phony job is just another way for the government to make people think that they are creating new jobs? It's total B.S.

March 12 2010 at 1:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rand

I took this test for the very first time, and scored 26 out of 30 without my eye glasses. Puzzled that this older Mexican that came that same night told me he had passed the same test scoring 30 his first time out. I ask this man questions as too how he was able to score a perfect his first time out. You see this man did not finish elementary school, whereas, her I was with two B.A degrees and needing only seven classes to enter my master problem. Not to sound racist, but I'm a black american woman and highly integellent and as stated received a 26 score my first time out, so I took it again and received a perfect 30 score. Only to be told that I may not be called because they need spanish speaking taker. What's up with this I ask? This out of California. I say this is a bandage on a huge serious wound, if you ask me. There are five different test, you do the numbers. I say that insiders has passed among there race samples of these tests, which easly enable their race to pass this test. Which place others at a higher rate of perfect scores to not get these temp. jobs. Again, I ask what's up with this?

March 12 2010 at 1:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WorldObserver

THIS ISN'T EASING UNEMPLOYMENT - IT'S AN EXTREMELY-SHORT-TERM JOB. WE DON'T NEED TEMP JOBS, WE NEED PERMANENT JOBS. GIVE US A BREAK. DO THE FOLKS WHO REPORT THIS KIND OF LYING TRASH THINK THAT THE PUBLIC IS STUPID? WE AREN'T, SO STOP TRYNG TO GIVE US THE BULL!

March 12 2010 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
\'CAL\'

I HAVE A FRIEND WHO HAS BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR 'ABOUT' 2+ YEARS NOW. THEY TOOK THE CENSUS TEST FOR PROSPECTIVE WORKERS A FEW MONTHS AGO. THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED TWICE NOW AND MY FRIEND INFORMED THE CENSUS CALLER THAT THEY WERE DEFINITELY AVAILABLE ANY TIME. BUT, THE CENSUS PEOPLE HAVE NOT CALLED BACK, AND THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD FROM THESE CENSUS PEOPLE AGAIN.

JUST WHEN DOES THE ACTUAL HIRING START???

March 12 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ted

I have been unemployed for eight months, the f(&)ing state of California and this actor we have as a govenor have managed to delay any unemployment payments for almost four months now. I have to go in front of an appeal judge to get something that I have paid into for 47 years is pure bullshit. I applied for the census job, took the test, scored 28 out of 28 on the written exam and I was not selected. You know why? I am not bilingual. F#*$ these wetback sons of b(#*$(#. I was born is LA, lived here all my life, paid taxes every year and this is what I get. Obama, Pelosi and Binden are taken this great land down and anybody that thinks they are not is too stupid to be alive. Where is Truman when you need him. Obama? Stupid, errogant asshole. God will triumph in the end.

March 11 2010 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Stephen Gibson

Right on Ted. Sorry for all the problems you're going through. Once again this country sells out and caters to the illegal scum that infests it. I'd say God bless America but I don't want to offend the diversity-minded people who run this once great land.

March 12 2010 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mz dhunn chi..

THE CENSUS IS A JOKE!! THEY ARE HEARLESS AND ANOTHER FORM OF SCAMMERS'

March 11 2010 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grampz05

If you're waiting for a green job, you're in for a big let-down. Green jobs are like "The Emporer's New Clothes".

March 11 2010 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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