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City seeks census-takers

Work for 44 people to begin in November

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It might be getting cold outside, but the city of Edwardsville will need people to hit the pavement counting residents for the upcoming special census. The census is tentatively scheduled to begin next month.

The city is currently taking applications for census positions, called enumerators, who will travel door to door taking the count.

The city may need as many as 140 applications to fill the 44 available positions.

Those selected would be paid $12.25 per hour, plus a mileage allowance, according to Patty Thiede, city clerk.

Those selected would return for a test and an interview with U.S. Census staff, she said.

"We expect the testing and census to begin in mid-November," Thiede said.

She said the entire census should take about two months.

The special census will cost the city about $200,000 and target high growth areas of the city, including two residence halls at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

City officials have estimated an additional 3,500 people have moved to the city since the 2000 Census was completed, based on the number of issued building permits.

Thiede said the new count could generate an additional $400,000 a year in state revenue, because the city is allocated about $115 per person annually.

Those interested in working as census workers should contact the Edwardsville City Clerk's Office at 692-7500.Requirements for census workers include that applicants:

* be at least 18 years of age, and if male, be registered with Selective Service;

* provide six references — three personal and three business;

* provide valid identification;

* pass a security screening that includes a name and fingerprint check;

* pass a 30-minute written test of basic skills;

* be available for day, evening and Saturday work;

* have a valid driver's license and access to a reliable car;

* have a private telephone, non-cellular, to use;

* be able to hear responses and read questionnaires; and

* attend a three-day training session.

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