The US Census Bureau will spend millions to count Florida’s population, hiring people to go door to door, mail-out surveys and advertise the count.
Dan Krasner, the Florida of Chamber of Commerce representative on the governor’s census committee says thousands of unemployed Floridians will be hired.
“Having more than 35-thousand census jobs and an opportunity to get some part time work or some full times positions out there is a good thing for Florida,” said Krassner.
There will be about 12-hundred positions available at each of Florida’s 32 census offices.
The jobs will be temporary with an average wage of 12 dollars an hour, but it’s an uphill climb for census workers who will be fighting a battle against apathy and fear.”
In 2000, only 63 percent of Floridians responded to the survey. College students, the homeless and minorities had the lowest response.
Members of The Florida Legislative Black Caucus will host census rallies to spread the word.
“We need to lead the effort to make sure that people are not afraid to fill out the form. To make sure they count every single person in their household,” said Representative Audrey Gibson.
Language barriers and a fear of government keep many people from responding.
“There are cultural barriers because maybe the country they can from where the government was not so trustworthy in terms of giving information to the government, so we have to overcome all those obstacles and make sure that people know that it is safe secure and important to be counted,” said Representative David Rivera.
Florida receives 2-thousand dollars for every person counted, with 400 billion federal dollars up for grabs.
For more information on employment with the census bureau visit http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/ or www.census.gov/roatl/www/emply.html You can also call 866-861-2010