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Thread: For the temporarily unemployed

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Rio Rancho, NM

    For the temporarily unemployed

    I know there are several of our members who have recently become temporarily unemployed due to the economy, and I have a possible interim solution for you.

    This is the website that gives information about becoming a Federal employee for the census. I took the test in December, and I'm now working for the census. The money isn't bad, and those of us who are in the field also get $.55 per mile for use of our personal vehicles.

    The down side is that each employment period is temporary--60 days--and at the end of that 60 days, you may or may not be rehired for another 60-day period. However, from what I've heard my own crew leader say, the ability to stay on the payroll and "milk" this through 2010 is pretty good, as people will sometimes get tired and leave. Also, for those of us (like me) who are limited to a maximum outside income (in addition to Social Security), it's perfect, because we can keep track of the total income and stop working when we are at or near the maximum.

    The pay range here in the Albuquerque area is from $9.00 to $15.50 per hour, and you can choose either part time or full time work.

    Believe it or not, this entire process is starting now, with neighborhood mapping, GPS map spotting, etc., getting ready for the official forms to be mailed out for April 1, 2010 "census day." I'm finishing up my training and will be in the field doing address canvassing by Friday morning.

    I know that the bureau is still hiring, so check out the site and see if this is a viable alternative.
    Nancy Laird
    FWW Registered Voter and Voting Member
    Woodworker, turner, laser engraver; RETIRED!!

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' If you love your country, thank a vet.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I worked for the Census in 1990 as a team leader. Lot of work, lot of fun.
    Note: at that time (rules may have changed), you would get no compensation for vehicle damage. In our rural area, I had several blow-outs and some of my team workers had serious damage to their vehicles which required towing.
    Otherwise, it is a neat temp. job.

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