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Labor Department Highlights Census Jobs in the North Country Region
Governor Paterson to New Yorkers: Make Yourself Count

Albany, NY (February 22, 2010) - Can't See the video? Click Here to Get Adobe Flash Player. Acting State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner today announced 1,400 U.S. Census jobs for New Yorkers in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties.  One-Stop Career Centers in Ogdensburg, Massena and Canton are currently testing for Census jobs. Acting Commissioner Gardner encouraged all residents interested in the jobs to take the test and apply.

Governor David A. Paterson said, "Census workers are vital to our State's economy.  In the short term, thousands of New Yorkers will be working and breathing new life into our local communities.  Over the long run, thanks to the work they perform, our State will continue to receive vital Federal dollars for roads, housing, schools and public safety - services New Yorkers rely on every day."

Every ten years, the Census Department counts the people in each state. This count, or census, helps decide how many representatives New York will have. It also determines how the federal government allots funds to states and communities.  

For each person counted in the region, New York receives some $1,500 in federal funds per year over the next ten years.  For every person not counted, the region will lose $15,000 in federal funds over the same period. 

Census takers play a vital role in counting New Yorkers.  They find households, check address lists, interview people and record answers.  They usually work in their own neighborhoods or communities, most often at night and on weekends. In the four counties, the average pay for a Census taker is between $9.25 and $15.75 per hour. The average workweek runs between 25 and 30 hours. 

Acting Commissioner Gardner said, "The 2010 Census is a massive undertaking with billions of dollars at stake for every region of the state.  It will require tens of thousands of workers to ensure that every person is counted.  The Census tells us that they need Census takers in these four counties.  I urge anyone interested in serving their country and community to take the test immediately."

New York Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez said, "There was an undercount in 2000, in which more than 200,000 New Yorkers were not tallied.  We need every New Yorker to participate, so that we achieve an accurate count this time around.  All the better, the Census Bureau is hiring local workers to assist with the count, as every additional New Yorker counted will in turn ensure the state receives much needed federal funding for social services and infrastructure improvements.  New York has a diverse population, so these jobs play an important role in the state's effort to achieve a complete count."

Last year, Governor Paterson signed Executive Order No. 30, to establish the New York 2010 Census Complete Count Committee.  Led by the Secretary of State, the Committee tells people about the 2010 Census and is working to ensure all New Yorkers are counted.  

To find out more about testing dates and locations applicants should call 1(866) 861-2010 to reserve a spot at the test.

A census practice test is available at: