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U.S. Census ramps up recruiting efforts in North and Central WisconsinSubmitted: 01/14/2020
Zack White
Zack White
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U.S. Census ramps up recruiting efforts in North and Central Wisconsin
WAUSAU - The U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) plans to ramp up its recruiting efforts for the 2020 Census.

The USCB hopes to soon reach its goal of 2 million applicants for those jobs. USCB plans to trim those applications down to 500,000 part-time census takers.

Numbers from Northcentral Wisconsin show there is a need for more than 2,600 applications required to meet the goal.

Woodson YMCA operations director Kate Floreck said hosting the event at YMCA attracts a unique demographic of people.




"We're uniquely situated here in Wausau because we are the only senior center for people who are 55 and older," said Floreck. "We do run the demographic for both people who are retired and those who are still working."

The USCB plans to recruit people across a variety of age ranges.

U.S Census Bureau media specialist Robert Giblin said senior citizens offer something special to the census.

"One of the key things with senior citizens is oftentimes they are well networked in community and have a good knowledge of the communities that they are in," said Giblin.

Floreck said they hope to be a resource to the community when Census Day arrives in April.

"Being a place where people can trust and where they can get help completing their survey, I think is a win for everybody," said Floreck.

Giblin said there are still challenges with people filling out the census, even in the age of technology.
"We realize of course that not everybody can complete the census online they may have a lack of computers or lack of internet access," said Giblin.

Results of the 2020 census will be used to determining the number of seats Wisconsin will hold in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

It will also determine how federal money is distributed to hospitals, schools, roads and emergency response. In Wisconsin, the hourly wage for census takers is anywhere from $17-$24 per hour.

To apply to be a census taker you can visit 2020cenus.gov/jobs or USAjobs.gov


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