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Census jobs open in Wayne County

By Staff Reports
Published in News on February 7, 2010 1:50 AM

RALEIGH -- Census jobs are still available in Wayne County through the Rocky Mount Local Census Office.

On Friday Gov. Bev Perdue announced some local positions exist, including vacancies in Wayne County.

"Census jobs are a great opportunity for thousands of North Carolinians who are looking for work," said Gov. Perdue. "At the same time, these workers will help our state achieve a complete count of our population and access the more than $400 billion in federal funds to be distributed each year based on the census count."

Locally the unemployment rate rose slightly in December from 9.0 to 9.2 percent. The state unemployment rate was 10.9 percent for the same month.

Based on recent estimates, the state will receive approximately $14,000 in federal funding per person counted over the next 10 years. Census data is the basis for the N.C. State Demographer's projections, which are used to determine the distribution of state funds.

Locally, County Manager Lee Smith told county commissioners in January that the county could lose up to $2 million annually in sales tax revenues should the upcoming census fail to obtain an accurate count of the county's population.

"Everyone needs to be counted and here is the reason -- when we have our numbers correct, the more people we have in this county, the more sales tax and federal dollars that we draw down. If we miss the number, our money goes down."

To apply to be a Census worker, log on to www.2010census jobs.gov, or call 1-866-861-2010, or call the census office in Rocky Mount located at 130 S. Fairview Road.

Job seekers can find additional information at the Employment Security Commission or JobsNOW. nc.gov.