Census office openings to bring thousands of jobs to Va.

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) The recently unemployed and those looking for extra income will soon have a new opportunity in central Virginia.

The U.S. Census Bureau is opening three new offices across the state - including one in Richmond - and is looking for 3,000 employees.

The new positions will help develop an address list for the 2010 census. The bureau says it is looking for full and part-time workers who are familiar with their communities. They must also be able to pass a basic aptitude test and, in most cases, have a car and valid driver's license.

Census Specialist Ron Brown says there are a variety of jobs available, including clerks, field supervisors and address canvassers.

"These will be individuals that go out to make sure that we have the correct address so when we send out the census forms in the latter part of March 2010, we're sending it to the right place," Brown said.

By taking one of the new jobs, workers will actually be helping Richmond. The federal government sends funds back into a community based on census results, which can help with public transportation, school systems, hospitals and other publicly-funded institutions.

This round of jobs is only the first hiring wave. In 2009, the Census Bureau will open nine more offices in Virgina, which could bring thousands of more jobs through April 1, 2010.

With the ongoing economic crisis, the Census Bureau is expecting plenty of applicants. Thomas Victory, the president and CEO of the Richmond Urban League says the jobs will be very important to central Virginia and will help local unemployed citizens.

To apply for a position, you can find a link to the U.S. Census web site at NBC12.com under All Access. You can also call 1-866-861-2010 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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