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Mar 18, 2010 3:00 PM by Veronica White

Census Jobs Offer Much-Needed Cash

Every ten years people can earn extra money as Census takers.

In this year's tough economy going door-to-door appeals to locals more than ever.

Job seekers flocked to the Census Hiring Day in Morgan City on Thursday.

"I'm here for a little extra work because I'm unemployed right now and I'm trying to take care of my family," said Douglas LaSalle.

For many, it is a matter of making ends meet while in between jobs.

"I moved a year ago back home from New York and it's been a struggle... when this popped up I thought it was great," says Tanya Bouduin.

One former Census-taker got a more permanent job after her experience.

"I was looking for any opportunity and when this came up, since I hadn't worked with the Census it was an opportunity," says Andrea Loyola, who is now a Census Media Specialist.

The job hunters have to fill out a lengthy application and take a short written exam, testing basic math and English.

The Census Bureau is still hiring.

The Census Hiring Day is at the Morgan City Recreation Center March 18th until 5:00pm.

Call 1-800-861-2010 or go to www.2010censusjobs.gov for information on other days and locations to apply.

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