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2010 Census Employment Won’t Affect Benefits in Texas
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010

DALLAS — Those electing to work for the 2010 Census won’t lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (previously known as the Food Stamp program), thanks to a recent federal interpretation of eligibility rules. The rules interpretation from the Food and Nutrition Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is good news for those seeking employment in tough economic times, and when the Census Bureau is still seeking qualified applicants to help complete the 2010 Census.

Workers could already hold onto their Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) aid if they took temporary jobs with the Census. The interpretation allows the nearly 1.4 million adults receiving SNAP aid in Texas to continue receiving their nutrition benefits if they elect to work for the 2010 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring about 84,000 workers to conduct the Census in Texas. Hiring has already started and will extend through spring 2010 for temporary assignments, most lasting eight weeks to a few months. The Dallas Regional Census Center is expected to hire about 111,000 workers to complete its task in its region, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Besides building a resume, a Census job allows workers to take part in the country’s once-in-a decade population count, which was constitutionally mandated and carved into law by Congress in 1790. Pay ranges from $8 to $24 an hour for job titles ranging from clerk to supervisor. Counts established by these individuals will help determine congressional representation and the annual distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds for local and regional services.

"The jobs, which offer competitive wages and flexible schedules, also allow people to work in their neighborhoods and for their neighborhoods," said U.S. Census Bureau Dallas Regional Director Gabriel Sanchez. "We hire locally, and an accurate count means a fair distribution of money for schools, roads, neighborhood improvements and elderly care in your community."

The Census Bureau is now recruiting temporary workers to manage this year’s count with pay running from $8 to $24 an hour. Those who wish to schedule a basic skills test to qualify for positions should call (866) 861-2010.

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