Senator Michael O'Pake (D-11th/Berks) announced that his office expects as many as 600 temporary census jobs will be created in Berks County.

According to a Jan. 22 press release issued by O'Pake's office, job applications are currently being taken for the 2010 census, which gets underway in March.

O'Pake, a member of the Berks Complete Count Committee, said that there are now more than two dozen census job application and testing locations in Berks County.

'The good news is that interested Berks County applicants don't need to travel to the area's census headquarters in Lancaster to apply,' O'Pake said.

The primary function of most available census jobs will be to visit households that haven't returned a completed census questionnaire by the late spring or early summer.

The questionnaires are expected to be delivered to most households in March.

Census takers will be paid $13.25 an hour for up to 10 weeks of part-time work. They will also be reimbursed for authorized work-related expenses such as mileage.

'At a time when so many Berks County citizens are looking for work ' with the number of people unemployed estimated at more than 18,000 due to the impact of the national recession ' a census job could provide some help,' O'Pake said.

Anyone interested in applying for a census job is urged to call the Census Bureau's toll-free number at 1-866-861-2010 or visit the Census 2010 link on O'Pake's website at www.senator-opake.com.

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