Census Bureau hiring for 2020 count

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    Employers for the Census Bureau are already looking to hire people to take the count next year, and they're pushing RGV natives to apply with the help of Texas Workforce Solutions.

    Valley residents were excited to hear about the prospect of new jobs in the area but weren't quite sure how or where to apply.

    "The U.S. Census Bureau has actually been receiving some calls from our local area about people trying to apply for our census jobs, but at town halls, local EDC's, other municipalities," said Mike Gonzales with Texas Workforce Solutions. "This is a concern obviously because people are already aware of the jobs, they want to get started on there, but they just don't know how."

    Because of that, TWS is here to make sure folks have the right information. The only way to apply is online on the Census Bureau's website.

    "The only requirements are that you are at least 18 years of age, you are a U.S. citizen and you have a social security number," Gonzalez said.

    The organization wants residents to know the process is a lot simpler than it seems.

    "For the most part you would probably be asked to work towards the evenings, because as a census worker you're required to get to know the community, find out who's living where, see how many people are in that household," he said.

    Those jobs start at $14 an hour and are part-time and temporary.

    "Some people are in desperate need of work. Some people aren't able to put in a full 40 hours a week and this is the opportunity that gives you the chance to work on your terms, because for the most part, these aren't very supervised jobs," Gonzalez said.

    Texas Workforce Solutions says work for the Census Bureau is expected to start in the next few months to prepare for next year's count.

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