Census Bureau To Bring Boost To Wichita

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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The extra jobs couldn't come at a better time.

"All the news today is filled with the layoffs, so this is going to be an excellent opportunity to help people out," explains Nancy Torkelson, with the Local Census office.

In a time when layoffs are becoming an all too familiar reality, the U.S. Census bureau could bring a little relief to Wichita. For the next two Saturdays, the Census Bureau will hold testing sessions at WSU, looking for people to help with the massive task of completing the 2010 U.S. census.

"How many people we hire will depend on how many hours people want to work," said Torkelson.

The job can pay as much as $16 per hour.

Martha and Rollin Hole just retired and said while they're just looking to help out and keep busy, it's an opportunity for others to get a much needed boost.

"I know people in the community in particular, are facing some issues they didn't want to face," said Rollin, who will take part in the test Saturday.

It's also a job that helps make sure Kansans get what they deserve.

'It redistricts the representatives, the Senate, the Houses... It distributes many billions of dollars back into the state," said Torkelson.

Wichita workers could get a better deal than other cities, with a permanent bureau office slated to open here later this year. Torkelson said that means more jobs over the next two years.

"They'll have a full staff."

The test takes about an hour and people like the Holes said they'll be there bright and early just to be safe.

"There will probably be a big crowd so we'd like to get there early to have a chance," said Martha Hole, who will take part in the test Saturday.

If you're interested in working with the Census Bureau, it will conduct tests this Saturday and next in Wichita. To schedule a test, call 1-866-861-2010. We've also posted a link below, where you can learn more about the census and how to help.

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