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Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley said it's important for every New Mexican to be counted in the 2020 Census.

To accomplish that goal, McCamley said thousands of open positions with the United States Census must be filled. 

“Numbers are in the thousands,” he said of the of jobs available.  

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McCamley said the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections have partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to fill the positions.

“One of the most important things about the Census is making sure we have enough workers to go door-to-door and talk to people and make sure they’re filling out their forms and make sure people can answer questions folks may have about the Census,” he said.

Hiring Process

McCamley said positions range from five to 40 hours a week, and pay ranges from $13.50 to $15 an hour.

He said positions are available for office operations supervisors, office clerks, enumerators or census takers, recruiting assistants and Census field supervisors.

“The biggest one of those would be enumerators, those are the people going out and talking to people and answering questions,” McCamley said.

In October, 18 communities will host application events, giving potential hires access to a computer lab and assistance in filling out the online application with Census and Workforce Connections staff.

Staffers will be in Carlsbad Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Mexico Workforce Connections at 325 S. Halagueño.

“You don’t have to have paperwork to make the actual application,” McCamley said. “Just come in and apply and once the application is done there will be a background check and a further interview process.”

He said staffers will be in Ruidoso Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Commons Area and in Carrizozo Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

McCamley said people in Eddy and Lincoln counties don’t have to wait until late October to fill out an application.

“Anyone can into the office right now and apply,” he said.

Why is census important to New Mexico?

“New Mexico gets more than $7 billion a year through different federal programs,” McCamley said.

“They benefit the entire community. We’re talking things like healthcare and highway funding is based on the Census and that’s a massive issue for Southeast New Mexico.”

He said jobs and housing money could be at stake too.

“If New Mexicans don’t fill out that paperwork we will receive less money and that will mean a lot less for services for these critical areas of need,” he said.

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