Civil Rights Coalition Encourages Houston Residents to Help Count their Community in the 2010 Census

Census Bureau To Hire More Than One Million Temporary Workers Nationwide

Houston, TX – As the Census Bureau begins a major employment drive in Houston, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) is urging residents to apply for positions with the Bureau to help count their communities.

As temporary Census employees, Houston residents will not only earn a paycheck but also play an important role in making sure that their communities are fully counted in the 2010 census.

Census information is used to determine where and how more than $400 billion in government funding is spent each year. Each person who goes uncounted will cost Houston thousands of dollars a year, depriving local communities of funding for essential resources such as schools, health clinics, senior centers, and job training sites.

Census information also helps empower communities by making sure that they are included when new congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

The Census Bureau is seeking to hire more than one million temporary workers across the country and is actively seeking workers to help ensure that the hardest-to-count populations – including communities of color, children, persons with disabilities, and people who speak a language other than English – are counted.

Available positions include census takers, crew leaders, supervisors, and administrative personnel.

Job seekers should contact local Census offices about available positions by visiting http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/ or by calling 1-866-861-2010

Regional Census Office jobs are listed at http://www.census.gov/field/www/.

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The Leadership Conference’s census campaign is a collaborative of national and regional civil rights groups, including the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the NAACP.