Congresswoman Maloney Announces Census Bureau to Recruit Thousands of Workers for Census 2000

Jan 20, 2000
Press Release

The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring thousands of New Yorkers for temporary, well-paid employment beginning in mid-April for the 2000 Census, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced today. Congresswoman Maloney is the Ranking Member of the Congressional Subcommittee on the Census.

"Working for the Census is a great way to earn money while serving our community," Maloney said. "Finding well-qualified workers will be critical in achieving a fair and accurate count for New York."

About three million people will need to be interviewed to fill more than 800,000 jobs across the country. A majority of those hired will be needed to serve as "enumerators" to go door-to-door visiting households that failed to return their Census 2000 forms by late April.

"Starting as early as this month, the census will mean good-paying jobs for people right here in New York," Maloney said. Hundreds of field work positions available in New York City, including enumerators, range in pay from $14.00 to $21.00 per hour. The Bureau plans to mail forms to most households in mid-March. Census enumerators will start visiting households who do not return their forms by late April. The follow-up visits continue into early July in many areas.

Census workers must be at least 18 years old and must not have a criminal conviction (except for minor traffic violations). The Census Bureau will consider hiring qualified 16 and 17 year old applicants for positions not involving driving so long as they meet state and local employment requirements. Applicants will be asked to take a written test and must pass a security and employment reference check. The 28-question test evaluates basic skills and knowledge required to perform a variety of census jobs.

Anyone interested in a census job should call the agency's toll-free job line number (1-888-325-7733), or visit the Bureau's web-site at, or visit Maloney's web-site at "The census has a real impact on our city and our lives," Maloney said. "Information gathered in the census determines whether New York receives its fair share of federal funds to modernize schools, improve our health care and assist our senior citizens."