Labor Department Highlights Census Jobs in the Capital Region
Governor Paterson to Capital Region Residents: Make Yourself Count
Albany, NY (January 28, 2010) - Can't See the video? Click Here to Get Adobe Flash Player. State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today announced 1,500 U.S. Census jobs for New Yorkers. The jobs are in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene counties. She also announced 330 positions in the Glens Falls area. One-Stop Career Centers across the region are holding tests for these jobs. She encouraged all Capital Region 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 we will have. It also determines how the federal government allots funds.
For each person counted in the Capital Region, the state receives some $1,500 in federal funds per year over the next ten years. For every person not counted, the area 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 Capital Region, the average pay for a Census taker is $15 per hour. The average workweek runs between 25 and 30 hours.
Commissioner Smith said, "For the unemployed in the Capital Region, Census jobs could be the bridge to a permanent position. These are meaningful jobs with an important purpose for our state and nation. We at the Department of Labor are proud to showcase these jobs and offer testing at One-Stop Career Centers across the state."
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 helps get all New Yorkers on board.
Testing dates in Albany are on the afternoons of January 28; and February 4, 11, 18 and 25. The tests are held at: Career Central, 175 Central Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12206. Capital Region applicants should call 1(866) 861-2010 to reserve a spot at the test.
The census practice test is available at: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf.