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Thousands of jobs available for U.S. census work

It's a critical job, and Jeffersonville, Indiana is one of only three places in the country where they're doing it.  Today the National Processing Center for the Census Bureau opened in Jeffersonville.  The new center will bring thousands of jobs to the area.

58-million census forms will come thru the giant warehouse.  It is one of only three in the country where census forms will be processed.  The equipment has been installed.  Next will come the workers.

"We will be hiring over 2,000 employees, we advertised initially for over 200 clerical positions, we are now advertising for approximately 500 data transcript positions," said David Hackbarth, the National Processing Director.

More jobs will come after the first of the year when employment at the Jeffersonville operation is expected to swell to near 5,000.  The jobs start at $13.18 an hour.  They are full time but they will last only about a year.

The census forms will be mailed to households across America starting in March.

"Federal resources that amount to over $300-billion a year are based on census data.  And at a local level, a community level, planning is done, projects are built around population data, roads are planned, school districts and where schools are built," said Arnold Jackson, Census Associate Director.

Because of tight security restrictions this will be the last look the media will get of the operation.  From now on only census workers will be allowed here.

"They are required to maintain confidentially so that the public's information that is collected is protected," said Hackbarth.

"We will be part of painting a new portrait of America, as you know the census is constitutionally mandated," said Jackson.

Counting all Americans doesn't come cheaply, it will cost the federal government $14-billion to conduct the 2010 census.

To get more information about the jobs available at the Jeffersonville census operation, just click here.

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