April 10th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Census Bureau submits $1B job creation proposal

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – The Census Bureau on Friday sent Congress its plan to create jobs with the $1 billion it received under the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus measure.

The agency said its plan is intended to promote participation in the census, which will improve accuracy in the 2010 results.

The census is linked to employment because more than $300 billion in federal funds are distributed every year based on the results of the survey.

The money is used to support local services including schools, law enforcement and transportation.

Though not technically a stimulus operation, the upcoming Census 2010 population count will employ 1.4 million people as it prepares to mail forms in March. Once forms are mailed, staffers spend months visiting people who don't have addresses, following up with those who don't mail back their forms and resolving paperwork errors.

The agency expects 50 million households won't respond to the initial mailing. It plans to rent 350 local offices, and it will spend $212 million in advertising to urge people to return their forms.

Census 2010 is the most expensive in the almost 220-year history of the population count, projected to cost $14 billion. The bureau must deliver the population count to the president on Dec. 31, 2010..

The planned investments "will improve our ability to conduct an accurate census and will create thousands ofgood-paying jobs," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a release. He didn't specify the number of jobs.

"A successful census is critical for ensuring that communities have proper representation and the resources needed," Locke added.

The Census Bureau's proposal includes investing $250 million in "partnership and outreach efforts to minority communities and hard-to-reach populations," the release said.

The remaining $750 million will be used for early 2010 Census operations to reduce operational costs.

Highlights from the plan include the $30 million Coverage Follow-Up program, which creates positions as telephone interviewers who can contact households that may have listed an incorrect number of people living in their
homes.

The Partnership Program Enhancement, proposed at $120 million, focuses on hard-to-count communities and will attempt to reduce the number of communities that historically have been undercounted.


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  1. Some republican guy

    Then the socialists and ACORN will give all the jobs to illegal aliens!!! Time to buy more assault rifles and ammo.

    April 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Mississippi Mike

    Whatever, this is a load of garbage. The extra funding will be a tool to over-count illegal immigrants and the homeless. ACORN is expected to be involved in the next round of the census, remember how they got a large number of homeless people to vote for Obama repeatedly? Expect the same during the census count. They want to overcount in heavily Democrat areas because doing so will guarantee more seats in the House for Democrats in the future.

    April 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Larry

    Acorn's pay back.

    April 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Accuracy in the census which Obama's Administration is trying to take direct control of? We heard so much about President Bush over-reaching in his power, yet Obama is applauded as a hero for doing EXACTLY the same things as his predecessor.

    Our constitution calls for a fair and accurate counting every 10 years, and in no way will the counting be anything close to fair if a partisan politician is in charge. This is a major reason why Judd Gregg withdrew from being the Secretary of Commerce nominee. Because Obama told him he would NOT oversee the census which is customarily the Commerce Departments job.

    April 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Some republican guy

    "The money is used to support local services including schools, law enforcement and transportation."

    That's socialism and socialism is bad.

    April 10, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Kelby In Houston, TX

    That's funny, The Census bureau comes up with this 1Billion dollar job creation proposal and I didn't hear mention of tax cut anywhere...
    Don't tax cuts creat jobs? No? Then why do the republicans keep saying tax cuts create jobs?

    April 10, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. dumbocrat alert

    another government program. soon we will all be working for Barry.

    April 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. terry in fl

    Okay. Use the 1B to create jobs within the census bureau that would root out the illegals and locate them for ICE to go in and deport. The 1B investment would save us BILLIONS in funds that we now spend on supporting and feeding illegals(criminals). We throw our own citizens in prison for smoking pot but rather than convicting and deporting illegals ( which is a way more serious crime) we, feed them, give them housing and healthcare with the taxpayers money. What's wrong with this picture?

    April 10, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Helen, NY

    All the jobs will go to ACCORN. Barack Obama got elected because of ACCORN votes. How many times did they vote???

    April 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Curly Quinlan

    ...more money for ACORN and the radical muslim groups like that.

    April 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Frank, Las Vegas

    Gee, no mention of Acorn, could the republicans be wrong Again, more lies from the party of No? Imagine that! The GOP has only one thing they can do, try to spread fear. The American people see the GOP for what they are and have rejected everything they stand for. Their policies, their tactics, their lies. After the 2010 elections the republican party will only be the republican group.

    April 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Reatte Beaumont, Texas

    LOL, Got to love the fact that acorn will be getting more of your tax dollars. Here's your change but I will still cling to my Guns and Religon and proud to do so. I hope that the ones that put this so called administration in office is so proud of the lies and cheats on taxes that are spending your money so well. Maybe one day we will have someone to be really proud of running in 2010 and 2012 unless they buy the elections again I pray that they can't

    GOD BLESS AMERICA
    Here's your change and hope you have about a nickel in your pocket when it's all done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Christine

    Your previous article talks about "U.S. budget gap grows to $957 billion" and federal deficit is growing like crazy. So, why are we introducing another set of bill expenses. I am not an economist, just a plain housewife. Whatever money we have, we try to live within our means, and not borrow money nor use credit card.

    April 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |