MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Unemployment in many black belt counties is the highest in nearly three decades.
Now, the Federal government wants to give displaced workers some temporary relief.
The US Census Bureau is calling out to people across our state. They need nearly 1,000 workers to take census data for the 2010 Census.
The Census kicked off in Alaska this week, and it's working its way toward our part of the country.
In order for the census to work, however, local bureaus need census takers to collect field data and perform follow up interviews.
The Montgomery office is in charge of 11 counties. Jobs hired from that office start at $12.25 an hour.
Organizers say the application process takes a little time--there is a test involved--but they say it's well worth it.
"It's easy and it's so important to our community. Over $400 Billion is going to be distributed as a result of the results of the census in 2010, " explained Beryl Angelus, Montgomery's census office manager.@
"It is certainly a great opportunity for these people to increase their household income, at least temporarily."
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and meet other criteria.
For more information, call the 2010 Census Jobs line at 1 (866) 861-2010.
You can also find the information online at www.2010censusjobs.gov.