U.S. Census Bureau hiring in Hardin, McNairy counties

Even as the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across America temporarily shutters many businesses, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring in Hardin and McNairy counties.
Today, April 1, is Census Day and ordinarily, temporary census workers would be busy with their once a decade job of making sure everyone in the country is counted.
The stay at home directives currently in force in an effort to slow and curtail the spread of the disease are being followed by the U.S. Census Bureau.
But, “the census will happen,” said Lisa Kralik, 2020 Census recruiting assistant for the two counties. “This just means it’s been delayed a few weeks.”
Locally, the full-time and part-time positions pay $14 per hour and include jobs as clerks, enumerators and supervisors. Positions which require driving also provide a mileage reimbursement of 58 cents per mile.
Kralik said the majority of the approximately 100 job openings still available in Hardin County are for enumerators, who help people complete their census forms.
“The jobs will be up and running when we get the all clear. We want to hire folks in our local community, because that’s where their money will be spent,” she added.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Funding for education, health care and public infrastructure are among the many government programs impacted by the census results.
Kralik said it’s estimated that each person who is not counted loses their community $10,000 over a 10-year span.
To apply for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau, call 888-480-1639. Or apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

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