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Census Bureau Expects to Hire up to 500 People in Northern Michigan

It's a massive job, but somebody's got to do It. Every ten years, the constitution requires the government to take a national census. That's why local census offices around the country are gearing up for the big count this spring. The Traverse City Office for the Census Bureau may hire as many as 500 people in its 13-county region in northern Michigan. “Right now we're in the process of getting people to apply to be eligible to be selected to work,” says Dino Kortesis, Manager of the Traverse City office. The job is temporary, but the bureau says it pays well and hours are flexible. Most people who get the job would be actual census takers — people who go out into the neighborhoods and get information from residents who failed to turn in their census survey. “We're not promising anybody that this is the solution to all their financial woes, but we definitely need the help and it's a chance for people to make some money,” says Kortesis. The bureau says it can not guarantee everyone who applies will get hired. Kortesis says the number of jobs and length of employment all depends on how the count goes. “I think it's a great opportunity, even if it's temporary employment,” says Janie McNabb, Director of Community Relations for Northwest Michigan Works. Michigan Works in Traverse City has an entire station setup for recruiting workers for the 2010 Census. Anyone interesting in applying for one of the jobs must first pass a test that covers basic skills. Those who get hired also must pass background and security checks. 9&10's Ryan Raiche and Photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have the story. For any one interested in applying for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau, VISIT THE LINK BELOW, or call 1-866-861-2010.