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Be counted and help count, temporary jobs offered to help with the 2010 Census

The U.S. Census will begin contacting households in March as they start the count of everyone living in the United States. Households should complete and mail back their form upon receipt.

Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years for the purpose of reapportioning the U.S. House of Representatives.

The federal government uses census data to help determine funding for state, local and tribal governments.

The San Diego office of the 2010 Census is looking to fill some 1,300 temporary positions in the next few months to help count the residents of San Diego County. They are especially looking for bilingual applicants for jobs that range from office administrators and recruiters to workers who actually go house to house.

The job can last from a few weeks up to three months, and priority will be given to U.S. citizens, although legal residents are eligible, as well. Wages vary from $11.75 to $18.50 per hour.

Representatives of the 2010 Census invite members of the community to sign up for the entrance exam and submit an application. The exam is given at locales across the county at different times. There is more information available, in English and Spanish, at (866) 861-2010 or online at census.gov.