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Census needs thousands of people to fill jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau will hire thousands of people throughout the Kansas City region for the six states of Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas between now and next spring.

This strong economic shot in the arm is like having a factory open up in each of the region's states, according to census leaders.

Up to a total of 35,000 people will be on staff during peak times.

"This is the largest civilian mobilization of workers in the history of the United States," said Dennis Johnson, regional director.

These are good paying, temporary jobs that range from $11.50 to $20 per hour plus mileage for the field positions of recruiting assistants, crew leaders, crew leader assistants and census takers. The pay for census clerks ranges from $7.50 to $12.75 per hour depending on location. There may be some opportunities for advancement.

Positions are available in every community. Those hired will work out of census offices located in:

•Arkansas: Fayetteville-Springdale, ?Little Rock, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff

•Iowa: Ames, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo

•Kansas: Dodge City, ?Wichita

•Minnesota: Bemidji, Duluth, Edina, Minneapolis, Rochester, Shakopee, St. Paul

•Missouri: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Crestwood, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Joseph,

•Oklahoma: Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City, Tahlequah, Tulsa

The U.S. Census Bureau encourages interested persons to apply for these jobs by calling the toll free Jobs Line at 1-866-861-2010.

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