Census Bureau to hire 1,000

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau plans to hire about 1,000 people in coming weeks to work temporary jobs out of its office in Tulsa.

The bureau opens its Tulsa office today and Regional Director Dennis Johnson says workers will be needed in every community.

The Census Bureau hires temporary workers every 10 years to collect information used to determine how many congressional seats each state has.

The data is also used to determine what community services to provide and to distribute $300 billion in federal money to local, state and tribal governments each year.

The bureau will begin recruiting an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 temporary employees this fall for work in 2010.

The employees will work out of five offices scattered across Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma City office has already opened.

Starting pay begins at about $10 per hour for some office positions and ranges up to $25 per hour for management jobs.

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