A number of regional census offices including one in Altoona have opened in recent weeks. Right now a lot of the attention in those offices is on putting together the large work force needed to visit homes all over the region. Census officials estimate that up to 3,000 temporary workers will be hired to cover the counties covered by the regional census offices in Altoona, Johnstown and State College. These new census workers will not be out in the field until about May 1st. But because the new census workers have to go through a federal hiring process and meet certain requirements, now is the time to apply for the jobs that pay at least $11.75 an hour.
The Census Bureau is currently recruiting and testing potential employees. Because the hiring will be done for specific communities, Census officials hope to hear from people all over the region. Information about the census jobs in your area is available from the U.S. Census department's employment web-site, www.2010censusjobs.gov , or though a toll free phone number ( 1-866-861-2010 ) set up specifically for the hiring of the thousands of temporary workers needed.