Census Bureau offering 8,000 job positions Valley-wide

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - There are 8,000 positions in the Valley up for grabs with the U.S. Census 2010

Locations include Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, Central Phoenix and Phoenix Metro.

Full-time and part-time positions are available... great work for students, house wives, and folks who are having a tough time making ends meet during this economy.

The work will end in September/October, but 8,000 people are needed as soon as possible in a variety of capacities to spread the word about the census which gets mailed out in March.

Census day is April 1. The census questionaire is only one page long, with 10 questions and it will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Each questionnaire that is turned back in essentially equates to $400 a person each year that the federal government uses to allocate back to the states for projects like roads, building schools and hospitals.

Multiply that by 10 years and you get an astronomical amount that states get. However, in the last census only 63% of Arizonans completed a census survey. The national average was 68%.

In addition to the federal government positions, Vangent,Inc has also set up a location in Phoenix to help process the questionnaires. Phoenix is one of three locations across the country assisting with this effort. 600 part-time positions are still available for this and this work is mainly data entry.

Five locations are hiring 8,000 full-time and part-time employees in Mesa, Scottsdale, Central Phoenix, Peoria and Metro Center.

Starting pay is $11.25 up to $18 an hour. For more information, call 1-866-861-2010 or go to 2010CENSUSJOBS.GOV.

Vangent is hiring 600 part-time employees to process census forms once completed with a starting pay of $13 and up.

For more information go to www.Vangent.com.