Jobs will open as Census Bureau chooses Pierce County for national test

Pierce County: Are you ready for your close-up? Are you ready for a slew of new temporary full- and part-time jobs?

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that Pierce County is one of three areas selected as the sites of the “largest and most advanced systems and operations test in preparation for the 2020 Census.”

The 2018 “End-to-End Census Test” will also be conducted in Providence County, Rhode Island and Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, West Virginia.

Goals of the test include the validation of planned 2020 Census operations, procedures, systems and products.

“The primary objective of the test,” according to a bureau release Friday, “is to confirm key technologies, data collection methods, outreach and promotional strategies, and management and response processes that will be deployed in support of the 2020 Census.”

Locally, online response for the 2018 test will begin in March 2018, when approximately 330,000 housing units in Pierce County, plus units the other areas, will receive information.

The three test areas were chosen in part because they provide a mix of addresses, including conventional home street addresses, rural addresses and addresses with “unique characteristics.” They have diverse populations with varying demographic characteristics including age, race and language spoken at home. They also have a variety of housing types, including group quarters, vacant units, multi-units and mobile homes; plus varying levels of internet access and usage.

Starting in October, the bureau will begin recruiting for temporary full- and part-time positions related to the test.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535