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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 7, 2009

Census Bureau hiring doorbellers

Can you speak a foreign language? Would you go door to door in Eastside neighborhoods to encourage residents to fill out their census forms? If so, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring.

In March, the Census Bureau will send a questionnaire to every household in the country for its 10-year tally of people who live in the United States. Almost 30 percent of Bellevue's residents are foreign-born and may have difficulty with or be leery about responding.

If the city's population is undercounted, it could cost Bellevue millions over the next 10 years in federal and state grants, and mean less representation for the city in the federal and state government. In addition, the picture of Bellevue captured by the census would be incomplete.

Recognizing that local residents are the best ones to contact their neighbors and encourage them to fill out their questionnaires, the Census Bureau is recruiting in Bellevue. Other positions may be available as well. The pay is $17.50 per hour. The Census Bureau intends to hire 1,500 people from the Eastside. Census Jobs

The Census Bureau will be holding tests for job applicants Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Bellevue Regional Library at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to call 425-749-5111 ahead of time. They must bring identification (passport or driver’s license and social security card).

For more information about the tests, applicants may call the Bellevue Census office at 425-749-5111. For information about other testing locations, applicants may call 866-861-2010.

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Contact: Gwen Rousseau
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E-mail: grousseau@bellevuewa.gov

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