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Cencus 2010 will begin testing for positions throughout the state

Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to count every person residing in the United States. The count includes both residents and non-residents, and provides a snapshot look at the U.S. population, documenting how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live.

The data collected during the census will be used to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and to determine how federal dollars are allocated for states and communities. The data will also reveal how communities are changing, and be crucial to future planning for emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, public health, education, transportation, senior services, and neighborhood improvements.

The U.S. Census Bureau will begin testing for various positions throughout North Dakota soon. Positions usually last between five to ten weeks with possible additional assignments for up to two years. Positions available in our area will include census clerks, census takers, crew leaders, and assistants. There are some immediate openings, and some positions will begin next spring.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security Number, and be able to pass a background check, along with an employment test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs.

For more information on temporary employment with the Census Bureau, or to schedule an appointment to take an employment test and submit an application, call the toll-free 2010 Census Jobs Line at 1-866-861-2010, or go to