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2020 Census Job Fair Held As Potter County Prepares

May 30th, 2019

Preliminary field work for the 2020 U.S. census in Potter County is well underway and temporary jobs are being filled, according to the county’s “census partners,” Commissioner Paul Heimel and Planning Director Will Hunt. They report that the U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to add staff all across the country. First in a series of local fairs was held last week at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. There will be part-time job opportunities to conduct field work and door-to-door assessments. Anyone interested in potential employment as a manager, crew leader, clerk, census representative or field agent can find information as well as apply for positions online at census.gov. More information is also by calling toll-free 1-855-562-2020.

Heimel and Hunt say it’s important that everyone complete the census survey when it is received. Census numbers have a direct effect on grants as well as government representation. Data are used to distribute more than 50 programs, including support for education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services, farming and environmental protection. For each uncounted citizen, a county will lose an estimated $20,000 in federal benefits during the decade.

The county’s Planning Department has worked with township and borough officials to support an accurate result from the census. Planning staff has also drawn in the county Emergency Management and Assessment offices to identify new homes and verify mailing addresses. The census questionnaires have been reduced from 10 pages to 10 questions. Forms will be mailed to area residents in early 2020. They can respond online or by phone. Census-takers’ non-response follow-ups will begin in May.

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