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2020 Census will bring hundreds of jobs to Sacramento area, with 200 available now

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The 2020 census "will be unlike any other in our nation's history" and save billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The agency says it will use different innovative tools to get the most accurate and cost effective count. This me
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The 2020 census "will be unlike any other in our nation's history" and save billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The agency says it will use different innovative tools to get the most accurate and cost effective count. This me

We’re a year out from the beginning of the 2020 census, and census-related jobs are opening up in the Sacramento area. There are about 200 jobs that need to be filled immediately, and more are expected to open up as the census approaches, according to a Sacramento County estimate.

Community leaders came together Wednesday morning for a kickoff event at the Tsakopoulos Library Gallery in Sacramento, which highlighted early efforts being made to get an accurate count.

According to a news release from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which is partnered with Sacramento County on census outreach, the count will bring hundreds of temporary jobs to the Sacramento area.

Many areas in Sacramento are expected to be difficult to count, based on demographic, socioeconomic and housing characteristics. According to the release, Sacramento County was identified as the eighth-hardest county to count in California.

The county estimates that for each person not counted, it loses $2,000 of federal funding per year, which impacts federal support for health care, housing, education, transportation and more, SRCF said.

“We have one goal in mind and that is to count every single resident of Sacramento County, regardless of age, of skin color, of housing status, of documentation status, of sexual orientation – the list goes on. It is critical that we get every single person counted,” said Linda Beech Cutler, chief executive officer of SRCF, in the release.

Because of the importance of the census for federal funding, Sacramento County and the SRCF are coordinating the regional Complete Count Committee, comprised of local leaders who are reaching out in their communities to ensure a complete count.

“We do have the most diverse city in California, and that is our strength – but it’s also a challenge if we aren’t communicating, if we’re not working together, if we’re not counted,” city of Sacramento Vice-Mayor Eric Guerra said at the kickoff event.

The event included a job fair that was attended by hundreds of job-seekers from across the region.

If you missed the job fair, you’re not out of luck; you can check the California Census Office and U.S. Census Bureau websites for information about jobs and how to apply.

Census job seekers can also contact Sacramento Training and Employment for local census job information and assistance in completing applications. More information on how to contact SETA can be found at http://census2020.saccounty.net.

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