PILSEN — The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Pilsen residents for temporary jobs for the decennial count.
The Bureau is seeking individuals to be census takers, census field supervisors, and recruiting assistants in the Pilsen community, said Citlalli Romero, a recruiting assistant.
Local officials and community groups have been working to boost census response rates in the in the 25th Ward, which includes Pilsen, West Loop and Chinatown. About 47 percent of households have completed the census, according to the most recent city data.
The city’s target response rate for the ward is 74.2 percent.
Federal officials are looking to bolster recruitment of census takers as stay at home restrictions are lifted, Romero said, and trying to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the census.
“Due to the stay-at-home order from the governor and local authorities and social distancing, we are not able to go out on the field and recruit like we need to,” Romero said in an email.
The U.S. Census Bureau counts the country’s entire population each decade as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The count provides critical data to lawmakers as they distribute billions of federal dollars each year, including funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources.
Applications can be submitted on the 2020 Census Jobs site.
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