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Census Workers Needed for Nueces County

Hiring for the 2020 Census is underway in Nueces County. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of temporary positions to count the people in the Coastal Bend. Pay is $18.50 an hour for jobs that last from February until July.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs or by contacting Roy Cantu, the local Nueces Together recruiter, at 361-455-5834 or email him at roy.cantu@2020census.gov.

The Nueces Together Complete Count Committee and sister organization Coastal Bend Together are nonprofits formed to organize a complete and accurate count in Nueces County and the region. The group’s next meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, January 16, at the Antonio E. Garcia Art and Education Center, 2021 Agnes St. in Corpus Christi. The meeting is hosted by Nueces Together and Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.

The United States has been counting its citizens since 1790 as required by the U.S. Constitution. Although the nation’s founding document only requires a head count every 10 years, the government has sought more information about its citizens since day one.

Today’s questionnaires ask for the number of people living in a home and the race, gender, and age of each person. Another question is whether the home is rented or owned.

The Census will NOT ask for Social Security numbers, money or donations, political party affiliations, or bank or credit card numbers.

The information is used to determine federal funding by regions and state and the number of representatives in state and U.S. governments. Individual information is confidential. Every citizen is required by law to complete a 2020 census form, which can be done online, by phone, or by mail.

A soft launch of the campaign begins in March. April 1 has been set aside as Census Day, the reference day for answering the question of where you live and with whom. Responses will be collected throughout the month. May and June are set aside for non-response followup. Census offices will close in August and September.

Counts will be tallied August through December and a final count hand delivered to the president on December 31, 2020.

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