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Need a new side hustle? The Census is hiring for thousands of gigs

ST. PAUL — The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire thousands of census takers, supervisors, clerks and recruiting assistants later this year ahead of the 2020 census.

Rather than driving for a ride-hailing service, those working for the Census Bureau hope they can convince Minnesotans, along with people all over the country, to apply to help count all those living in the United States next year.

Early next year, residents will be asked to fill out the census form online or on paper. And census takers and field supervisors will be needed to go door-to-door and follow up with their neighbors who haven't completed the form.

"We want to make sure we have a broad applicant pool in every corner of the state," Sam Fettig, a media specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau, said. “It pays well, you work from home and you help your community."

Fettig said U.S. citizens who are 18 and older can apply for a variety of jobs around the state. And he emphasized that the bureau is hoping to fill positions in communities all over the state with locals. It can be easier to reduce language or cultural barriers when talking to a neighbor and that could be key to boosting the state's census response numbers, he said.

Every decade, the U.S. conducts a census to count all the people living in the country. States' representation in Congress and federal funding allocations are based on the distribution of the population.

Want more information?

Call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) or visit https://2020census.gov/en/jobs