U.S. Census specialist speaks to Batesville Rotary

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A partnership specialist with the United States Census Bureau spoke Monday to the Batesville Rotary Club about the upcoming nationwide population count.

James Blaxton, who helps the census operations in the counties of Izard, Sharp, Fulton, Baxter, and Independence, says it happens every 10 years.

“Article 1, Section 2 [of the U.S. Constitution] mandates that every 10 years, there has to be a complete and accurate count of the population of the United States, so that’s what we’re going to do in 2020 to ensure we count everybody once, and only once, and in the right place,” Blaxton told Rotarians, noting there are several job opportunities in this area with the U.S. Census Bureau for the taking of the 2020 census.

“Those jobs are $17 an hour and 58 cents a mile,” Blaxton said.

Applicants can go to 2020Census.gov/jobs and fill out the application. Blaxton noted those applying need to get in the pool now because the background check process for federal employees can take time.

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