Census Workers Needed in Hartford

Posted on Friday, January 29 2010 by Heather Brandon

The US Census Bureau is looking for Census workers in Hartford this spring and summer. A press release today from Andy Hart, of the Hartford Complete the Count Committee, provides the details (below). Hart can be reached at (860) 296-6128.

US Census Bureau Looking For Workers
Local Census Manager Looking for Over 5,000 Qualified Job Applicants

Rumors that the federal government will employ a small army to conduct the Census are false—they will employ a large army. “About 2.5 million people by April, about the same as the number of active duty personnel with the U.S. Army. Maybe more,” said Russel Hicks, Manager of the Local Census Office in Downtown Hartford.

When the Census is in full swing this spring, Hicks said  his office will have approximately 1,500 people working in Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford and Manchester. The bulk of that workforce, about 1,400, will be Field Enumerators who go door-to-door gathering Census information from people who did not mail in their 2010 Census questionnaire. Field Enumerators make $19.75 per hour.

To make sure his office is never short on manpower, Hicks is currently trying to build up a pool of approximately 5,600 qualified applicants and there’s still plenty of openings.

“We need that many applicants because the attrition rate [people who leave the job before its completed] is so high, about 75 percent on average and even higher in Hartford,” said Hicks.

To work for the US Census Bureau, an applicant must first pass a test (see list of local testing sites at the end of this article) and then a criminal record check. The second step is where Hicks said he is having the most difficulty. Over 800 applications out of approximately 2,375 received by his office are being held up because of the criminal record check.

“The record check is absolutely necessary. We have to do everything we can to ensure the safety of the public,” said Hicks.

If a felony arrest or other irregularity shows up on a person’s record, their application is put on hold and they are sent a letter asking them to clarify or correct the information. For instance, if a person was arrested but the charges were dropped, that person can still be hired by the Census provided they supply the necessary court documentation. Hicks also said that if a person who has committed a felony but has served his or her time, including parole and probation, that person may still be hired after a review of their particular situation.

Hicks thinks many people who get the letter asking them for clarification either don’t open it or decide it’s not worth responding.

Testing for a job with the US Census has been going on for several weeks at sites throughout the city and will continue through April. Although the test can be given in 59 different languages, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English to be hired.

Those hired by the Census as door-to-door enumerators will work from between 20 to 40 hours per week.  Hicks said the goal is to have people work as close to their homes as possible but must also be willing to go wherever they are assigned.

For more information on US Census jobs, call (866) 861-2010 or go to 2010censusjobs.gov.

About the Census

The US Census has been taken every ten years since 1790. All residents of the United States, citizens as well as non-citizens, are counted. The Census is designed to be a complete count of every person, regardless of citizenship status, residing in the United States on April 1, 2010.

According to US Census Bureau officials, only 46 percent of city residents responded by mail to the last census. Hicks said that Hartford’s response rate was significantly lower than both Connecticut’s overall response rate of about 63 percent and the national average of approximately 61 percent.

Persons who don’t respond by mail are then contacted by US Census workers who go door-to-door with the census questionnaires, said Hicks. Even then, some people can’t be found or refuse to give information to the census takers.  A formula is then used to estimate the number of people who were not counted for one reason or another, said Hicks.

To increase response, the census form has been reduced to only 10 questions this year.

By law, the US Census Bureau cannot share the information it obtains on individuals with any other government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Immigration and Naturalization. Census information is even exempt from the Patriot Act.

Hartford US Census Employment Testing Sites
For more information, call (866) 861-2010 or visit 2010censusjobs.gov

Asylum Hill Cong. Church, 814 Asylum Ave.

10:00 am    Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

Addiction Recovery Ctr., 198 Wethersfield Ave.

4:00 pm    Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

1:00 pm    Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27

5:00 pm    Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25

Campfield Library, 30 Campfield Ave.

1:00 pm    Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20 27

5:00 pm    Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25

Park Street Library, 744 Park St.

9:30 am        Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Library, Main Branch, 500 Main St.

10:30 am    Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27

Mary Shepherd Place, 15 Pavilion St.

10:30 am    Feb. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26; March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31

Our Lady of Sorrows, 79 New Park Ave.

9:30 am        Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2:30 pm    Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Pope Park Center, 30 Pope Park Dr.

12 noon        Feb. 4, 9, 13, 16, 18, 27; March 4, 6, 11, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

Rawson School, 260 Holcomb St.

4:30 pm    Feb. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26; March 1,3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26

Redeemed Church of God, 400 Park St.

5:00 pm    Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26

St. Lawrence Church, 494 New Britain Ave.

1:00 pm    Feb.1

Ukrainian Home, 961 Wethersfield Ave.

6:00 pm    Feb. 3

Urban League, 140 Woodland St.

5:30 pm    Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

West End Comm. Center, 461 Farmington Ave.

5:30 pm    Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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