Updated: February 24, 2020 06:40 PM
Created: February 24, 2020 06:14 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The U.S. Census Bureau says there are still thousands of open positions that need to be filled before the beginning of May.
News10NBC visited one recruitment drive to hear from job seekers that want to work for the Bureau, and help people get counted.
On Monday, the agency kicked off it's "Week of Action." The immediate need for them is hiring enough people to visit communities that are often undercounted.
One by one, people stopped by the offices of RochesterWorks! to apply for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau. Each one with a personal reason why they need this job.
Rochester resident Elizabeth Peels is disabled and homeless. She is hoping for an office job with the bureau since the starting salary is between $18 and $20.
"Well its money in my pocket so, and if I can get the clerks job that obviously, that helps even more cause I can't do the walking a lot," Peels said.
Western New York Census officials say there are still over 4,000 positions available. Albert Cishahayo says he's been searching for a job for weeks now. All he's asking for is a second chance to be gainfully employed.
"If I told them I come from jail, no one want to hire me," Cishahayo said.
U.S. Census officials say having a criminal history will not necessarily prevent you from getting a job.
You still have to go through a rigorous background check.
It’s something Cishahayo is more than willing to do.
"I want to help my kids. I want to help myself to pay a lot of different bills I have," Cishahayo said.
David Hall says he wants a census job to help bring money into his community. It's his effort to help fix the school his children attend.
"I want them to have the best education possible, and I've heard how teachers are being laid off, and I thought about you know how it will affect my children’s' education," Hall said.
All census job applications are done online. If you don't have access to a computer, census officials like Nancy Laguer, Partnership Specialists with the Bureau offer this suggestion:
"The libraries in Monroe County area are partnering with us, and they are trained. They know what to do. They will help people with the process,” Laguer said. “You know they can use the computers at their neighborhood libraries."
The Bureau is looking to fill the positions before the beginning of May. That's when Census counters will go door to door to count homes that have not responded.
You can find out how to apply by clicking here.
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