Michigan Works! In Oakland County To Host Census Recruiting Event

Waterford, MI - Oakland County Michigan Works! is hosting a special 2020 U.S. Census team recruiting event at its service centers in Novi, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Troy and Waterford, on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Census and center staff will be on-hand to answer questions and help candidates apply for a number of positions online that day. Oakland County census officials hope to hire more than 1,800 workers for a variety of temporary positions that run through September. The jobs pay $22-$24.50 per hour, offer flexible scheduling, a weekly paycheck and paid training.

“The census, which takes place every ten years, plays a critical role in our state’s representation in Congress and funding for a variety of federal programs for schools, hospitals, roads and more,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “Joining the U.S. Census team in Oakland County is a great way to earn extra income and make a difference in our communities.

“We want to make sure everyone is counted,” he added. “Our team is focused on communities and neighborhoods where census participation has been traditionally low.”

Census workers must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Minimum of 18 years-old
  • Valid social security number
  • Valid email address
  • Register with the U.S. Selective Service System (males born after Dec. 31, 1959)

Coulter said the part-time census team positions do not jeopardize state-approved public benefits and workers will be considered federal employees and qualify for priority access to other federal job opportunities. Having one’s own transportation is not required, but workers must be able to canvass their assigned communities. Bi-lingual speakers – all languages – are needed.

Jennifer Llewellyn, director of Oakland County Michigan Works!, said the service center teams have already begun helping people apply for census positions online. But she hopes this large, focused event with U.S. Census representatives will draw larger number of interested candidates.

“We’re very excited to be working with county and state officials to help build the team needed to effectively conduct this year’s census activities in our region,” Llewellyn said. “There are a variety of jobs available, ideal for college students, homemakers, seniors and others looking for part-time work at a nice hourly wage for a number of months this year.”

Addresses and phone numbers for Oakland County Michigan Works! offices:

  • Novi: 31186 Beck Road, (248) 926-1820
  • Oak Park: 22180 Parklawn Street, (248) 691-8437
  • Pontiac: 1850 N. Perry Street, (248) 276-1777
  • Southfield: 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 116, (248) 796-4580
  • Troy: 550 Stephenson Highway, Suite 400, (248) 823-5101
  • Waterford: 7500 Highland Road, (248) 617-3600

Persons who cannot attend the Oakland County Michigan Works! recruiting event can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Combined, the Oakland County Michigan Works! offices annually work with more than 105,000 job seekers. Services include career coaching, interviewing workshops, job search workshops, placement assistance, training courses and job trend information. The service centers also assist more than 3,000 employers seeking assistance with talent recruitment, apprenticeship programs, job fairs, candidate pre-screening, hiring and training support, layoff support and labor market data.

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