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U.S. Census plans to hire thousands of workers in Montana

The census helps determine how much federal money Montana will receive
Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 14:37:48-04

According to the Montana Census Complete Count Committee, Montana will need thousands of U.S. Census workers to help complete the 2020 census.

The census helps determine how much federal money Montana will receive for things like infrastructure, medical assistance, educational programs, and public assistance.

Currently, Montana receives about $2 billion in federal funds each year based on the Census.

“One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census,” said Lt. Governor Cooney, chairman of the Montana Census Complete Count Committee. “Hiring Montanans for these Census jobs is a crucial part of the effort, as they’ll be the trusted voices who go door-to-door in every community across the state to make sure all Montanans are counted.”

You can learn more about the jobs and apply by clicking here, or at the Montana Works website.

Temporary Census jobs in Montana offer competitive wages, in addition to flexible hours, paid training, weekly paychecks, and mileage reimbursement for personal vehicles. Prospective employees will likely begin training for census field operations in early 2020. The Census website notes that all people hired must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

You can learn more about the U.S. Census by visiting the official website, which includes this overvew:

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.