It is literally time to stand up and be counted. The 2020 Census has been gearing up for the past six months and Apache Junction is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure our community is counted as accurately as possible.

In the past 10 years, Apache Junction has grown between 4 and 5 percent, each year. That means more money should make its way into our community than was allocated since the 2010 census.

According to 2020census.gov: “The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years for the purposes of reapportioning Congress. Census data is also used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.”

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of workers for temporary jobs, so if you are looking for work that pays well and will help your community, apply online at the jobs page at 2020census.gov. Some of the positions available are for recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, census field supervisors and census takers. In many cases, those hired are assigned to their local offices, cutting down on long commutes. Flexible work hours are available, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

How will working for the census help Apache Junction? It helps the same way that filling out and returning your census form helps.

The count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Who’s better informed about our community than its citizens?

Applicants are placed in an applicant pool for 2020 Census field positions and are considered as positions become available. Applications will remain active and updateable throughout the 2020 Census recruiting and hiring period. For more information, contact 1-855-JOB-2020 and select option three. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information, please visit the 2020 Census Jobs page or the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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