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Census now allowing online applications

The U.S. Census Bureau is aiming to become one of the largest part-time “gig” employers in 2020, competing with popular rideshare and e-commerce companies.

The agency is planning to hire more than 500,000 temporary and part-time workers to help conduct the 2020 Census next year and technology is streamlining that process.

Hiring for part-time census taker, or enumerator, positions—for the first time— can all be completed online. The job simply entails visiting homes and updating addresses, among other things, to make sure people can easily respond to the census. It can be done using a personal smart phone or laptop.

“These jobs can be a great second job, and we’re pitching them to students, bus drivers, teachers and others,” Jeff Behler, regional director of the Census Bureau’s New York Regional Office, said. “You can work your 40-hour-per-week job and work for us on the weekends and be successful.”

New hires can earn between $13 and $30 an hour, depending on where they live.

Previous years the process was all paper, and required an in-person test session.

Now, if selected, applicants can submit all required documentation and background checks online and begin working immediately after approval.

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