Government officials say they want to hire five thousand people in eastern Kentucky to make sure folks fill out their Census forms.
So far, only about 300 people are hired.
Many businesses are providing testing sites where people can come in and apply for the job.
Officials don’t understand why people aren’t interested in these jobs. Especially, since this is an area with high unemployment!
Only a few folks are applying for Census jobs.
Government leaders want to make sure people know they need workers in every county.
The Middlesboro Mall is just one of the many locations across eastern Kentucky where folks can come in and take the Census test and apply for the job.
Officials say they are happy to help.
“The reason why we want everyone counted is so Middlesboro and southeast Kentucky will get everything they possibly can when they start using the numbers for funding. That's our main goal to help them anyway we can,” Charles Burchfield said.
Community action agency leaders are also providing space to test people.
KCEOC officials in Knox County hope this will help provide jobs that pay more than 10 dollars an hour.
“The unemployment rate is so high here in Knox County and here are temporary jobs at a good rate of pay. Also, for those employed if they wanted a temporary part time job, they could do this on off hours,” Bonnie terry said.
Census workers say they need people in every county to make sure everyone is counted.
Officials want to hire folks immediately.
Many of those places start testing this week.
Check out the test list link.