BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo area census office if facing a shortage of workers to canvas local households in the upcoming census count.
The job pays $13.50 an hour and lasts for 8-10 weeks. 2,000 workers are needed but so far, the local office has had trouble coming up with that number.
It was expected that in a down economy people would jump at the jobs but some who are out of work may be reluctant to give up long-term unemployment benefits for the part-time work. Others may not be able to pass the government's background check.
In and interview this morning with Two On Your Side's John Beard, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said he's aware of the problems in Buffalo and other cities. Locke says the census bureau tries not to bring workers from other areas into a city because it's important to have workers who know local neighborhoods and are generally better received by their neighbors than outsiders might be.
There is still time to remedy the problem Locke says and the government is stepping up it's outreach and recruiting efforts to try and sign up enough local census workers.
U.S. Census Job Site