Census Jobs To Provide Slight Economic Boost

Metro Louisville officials are hoping for a slight economic boost as a southern Indiana Census office prepares to hire hundreds of area residents.

The census office in Jeffersonville is bringing on temporary workers for the 2010 census. The hiring comes after Kentucky’s unemployment rate reached a record high of 11.1 percent in August.

The high jobless numbers have taken a toll on city revenue, but mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says the city will indirectly benefit from the census jobs.

“Louisville gets no taxes from the census because it’s located in southern Indiana. However, what we do get is our citizens employed by the Census Bureau,” he says. “They shop at our malls and our locally-owned stores. They eat in our restaurants. They go out to our entertainment options.”

Poynter says employed residents will spend money in Louisville, thereby providing a modest stimulus for Metro Government.