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Census bringing 600 jobs

If you’re in the market for a job, you may be in luck.

The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring thousands of workers nationwide to help in the counting of America’s population after the first of the year.

In El Dorado County alone, the Census Bureau is planning on hiring about 700 workers to help with clerical duties and counting tasks.

Bureau recruiting manager Jessica Sotelo said that number should boil down to roughly 200 jobs at South Shore.

“The bulk of the hiring starts at the first of the year,” she said. “But there may be positions that come up in the meantime.”

The jobs available in South Shore are for enumerator positions. The job description includes follow-up on census questionnaires that haven’t been returned to the agency. That means traveling from door-to-door, bringing a new questionnaire to the household and helping the residents fill out the form.

Sotelo said the work is fun and safe.

“You get to meet a lot of people and I’ve always enjoyed that about working for the Census Bureau,” she said. “We wouldn’t send you into an area that we wouldn’t go into ourselves and, if need be, we would double-up employees in some cases.”

The work is temporary, lasting between six and 12 weeks, but important.

The information gathered in the census, which is taken every 10 years, is used to determine needs in the community and can help secure funds from federal and state governments.

Sotelo said the starting pay is $9.25 per hour and is likely to increase after the first of the year. In addition, employees can make their own hours.

“It can be full or part-time,” Sotelo said. “We have a minimum of 20 hours per week but they can work to 40.”

About 80 clerical jobs will be available in Placerville to assist the Census Bureau in administrative operations such as database entry and telephone handling. The hourly pay is $8.25.

Applicants must score 70 percent or higher on a 28-question, basic skills test and be able to provide proof of a driver’s license and a Social Security card. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.

“The best part is that there is no preferential hiring, except for veterans,” she said. “We don’t ask questions if they’ve been out of work for a while or anything like that.”

For more details call the U.S. Census Bureau in Placerville at (530) 295-2960.

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