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Need work? Over 6,000 census jobs still up for grabs in Tarrant County

More than 6,000 jobs are still up for grabs in Tarrant County as the 2010 Census gears up for the once-in-a-decade national head count that begins this month.

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold four mass testing sessions Saturday in Fort Worth to help fill full- and part-time jobs in the western half of Tarrant County, Joy Donovan Brandon, a census media specialist, said Thursday. The jobs range from clerk to field supervisor and pay ranges from $10.75 to $13.75 an hour. Most of the jobs will start in mid-May and last through July.

"These are perfect jobs for college students during summer break or for retirees, soccer moms or just someone wanting to pay off their Christmas credit card bills," Brandon said, noting that during its peak, the census will employ 110,000 workers in Texas.

The census puts an emphasis on hiring locally, said Gabriel Sanchez, the regional census director.

"We want to hire people who live in the neighborhoods where they work. We need people with local knowledge, like where the mean dogs are," Sanchez said. "We get a better response if the workers look like they belong in a neighborhood."

Applicants can come to one of four sites to take the 30-minute skills test. If hired, a background check is required.

No appointments are required, but applicants will need proof of identification. Either bring a passport or a combination of two other valid unexpired types of identification -- one must have a photograph (acceptable photo IDs include a driver's license, a government ID card or a student ID card) -- in addition to a Social Security card, a birth certificate or a U.S. Citizen ID card.

Steve Campbell, 817-390-7981

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