As the 2020 Census gets ready to count the heads in the nation, Stevens County has only been able to hire 24 of 70 needed Census takers, or “work enumerators.” This despite raising the wage for the temporary jobs to $18.50 per hour plus 58 cents per mile reimbursement expense. But Complete Count Committee Chair Caitlin Christenson told the KMRS Community Connection that the entire Midwest is having trouble getting Census workers, mostly because the economy is so good. Before the last Census a decade ago, Christenson noted:
“We he the Recession going on, so a lot of people were looking for jobs. Well, now there’s not too many looking for jobs because they already have jobs,” she said.
Census jobs are minimum 12 hours per week and offered in six week blocks that can be repeated. Applicant Help Days for those interested will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Morris Public Library on the second Monday of the month: February 10, March 9 and April 13. Application forms are available online at 2020Census.gov/jobs or by calling 1-855-562-2020.