JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up efforts to fill thousands of jobs in the Jackson area.
It's looking to hire employees who can help make sure there's an accurate count for the 2010 Census.
By May, 2,000 Census workers will report to the Jackson office on Lakeover Drive. About 10 percent of those positions have already been filled.
The Jackson office one of five local offices throughout the Magnolia State. It's been open for a year, but celebrated its grand opening Tuesday.
The celebration marks increased efforts to recruit employees.
"This represents that the Census is ramping up," said Gabriel Sanchez, U.S. Census Bureau regional director. "I mean it's right on top of us. The questionnaires will be coming to people's houses in March and it's important in Mississippi because it represents congressional representatives as well as federal funding that comes into the state based on population formulas."
The 2010 Census form should be in your mailbox by the spring.
If you'd like to apply for a Census job, call 866-861-2010.
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