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Efforts continue to recruit workers for the census.

Nationally, the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers, and has set a goal of taking in more than 2 million applicants.

Locally, efforts to hire census takers include those by the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.

“We hosted a meeting here for the Census Counts group,” IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said. “I’m on it, as is the Student Government Association president Alex Fefolt (who is from Indiana).”

Efforts also involve the borough of Indiana, White Township and Indiana County.

“The census for this area is paying $18 an hour,” White Township Assistant Manager Chris Anderson said.

He said details are available from CareerLink, for Indiana County at 300 Indian Springs Road in White Township, or a new regional census office in State College. Inquiries also can be made to the census office in Philadelphia, at (800) 563-6499.

One also can go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs, where jobs are offered with “competitive wages that are paid weekly (as well as) authorized expenses, such as mileage … reimbursed for employees doing field work.”

The website also promises temporary positions at flexible hours. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and be a U.S. citizen.

Anderson is part of a committee including borough, township, county and university officials. It met recently at the township Recreation Complex as well as the Indiana Borough municipal building.

“Mailers are coming out the first week of March,” Anderson said Wednesday night. “It is important to make sure everyone gets counted. There is a lot of money at stake, federal dollars.”

And that count extends to the IUP campus as well.

“Alex (Fefolt) is working on building student awareness,” Fryling said. “Betsy Sarneso (a member of Indiana Borough Council) also is a member of the group from IUP, representing student affairs.”

“We are actively trying to encourage as many students as possible to complete the census so that our county has the highest count that we can receive,” Chamber President Mark Hilliard said, “as there are a number of very important benefits to having that higher number.”

Beyond Indiana and vicinity, the U.S. Census Bureau is readying a comprehensive national advertising and outreach campaign, with more than 1,000 advertisements, developed to reach audiences across the country, that will be made public for the first time at a preview event Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

It also will highlight the Census Bureau’s continuing efforts to recruit temporary, part-time census takers nationwide.