Northwest NEWS

November 29, 1999

Front Page

Census 2000 gears up

by Deborah Stone, features writer

   The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for Census 2000. Every ten years, since 1790, the government has taken a census, but Census 2000 is exceptionally important, as it will provide a base for all censuses taken next century.

   It will determine the number of representatives each state sends to the U.S. House of Representatives (census count for reapportioning will be delivered in December 2000) and will be used by federal, state, and local governments as a basis for distributing money, planning, and funding for transportation systems and highways, school construction, police and fire precincts, public housing, and local election areas.

   Businesses will use the data to forecast future demands for products and determine sites for new businesses, daycare centers, and nursing care facilities, as well as determine if they are employing a representative work force.

   Data analysts will utilize the information to note the growth and change of various areas and to determine the quality of life overall in America. They will study our society and see how it is changing.

   In January/February 2000, residents will receive a form in the mail with questions about the number of people in their household. All census data is strictly confidential, as the Bureau of Census is legally bound from disclosing any information provided by individuals and establishments, except as statistical totals.

   The Bureau is currently seeking to hire at least 600 people in east King County for four to eight weeks during February/March 2000. Individuals will be asked to work a minimum of thirty hours a week at an hourly rate of $13.75 (plus mileage--time and mileage computed from leaving home to returning home).

   Employees will do follow-up work to urge people to complete their forms and return them, as well as help those in need of assistance with filling out their forms. Census workers will be able to work flexible hours and on their own time schedule.

   For further information, call the Bureau of Census, Bellevue office, at 425-451-0204.