Hundreds Line Up For Census Jobs

POSTED: Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 7:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

LAS CRUCES--- Hundreds lined up for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau in the office's second 2010 Census recruitment day.

While they waited for hours in lines that stretched down the hallways of the Comfort Inn and Suites, 1300 Avenida De Mesilla, some 600 area job seekers hoped to qualify for one of 800 jobs available for the 2010 Census.

To do so, they had to take a test that quizzed them on their mathematics and reading comprehension skills.

"(The test) went pretty smoothly," said Renette Melander, looking for part-time work. "It's kind of hectic taking the test. You get tense, you don't know if you're going to do well or not."

While Renette's working part-time as a survey taker, local organizers have noticed the face of who's applying for Census jobs is changing.

"Some of the people are semi-retired or retired or have had some experience in the past with the census bureau and just enjoy the work, but this time I would say a lot of people are doing it because they need the employment," said Jim Spirri, who helped organize Saturday's recruitment efforts.

The jobs, for the most part, have drawn retirees because they're positions are part-time and temporary.
But Renette hopes the extra work will be all she needs to help her family get through these times.

"We all need a little more money now, and there's a lot of things going on in my life that i need more money," she said. "To take care of some grandkids and things like that, so we need a supplemental income."

Since Thursday, the first of the two-day recruitment, more than 1200 people in Las Cruces have applied.

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