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Census Workers Finishing Follow-Ups

by Gabe Bullard

Census workers are almost finished visiting the homes of Kentuckians who did not send in their census forms in April.

About 700 thousand households in Kentucky did not report in the census, and workers have been visiting their homes since May 1st. More than 90 percent of those households have been visited, and regional census office spokesperson Terry Plumb says workers will likely wrap up the visits in the next few days.

Once the job is done, some temporary workers will be let go and others will be assigned new duties.

“When people are hired, they’re told the duration of their employment will depend on the workload,” he says. “There are no promises made. They’re told it could be a few days, it could be a couple of months.”

While follow-ups will be completed soon, Plumb says some workers will still be out in Kentucky later this summer.

“We have other operations that are designed to verify the information we’ve received. For instance, we will check the workload of every census taker, and if there’s some reason to believe that person was not doing the job the way they were supposed to do it, we will redo all the cases he has done,” he says.

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Census, City Officials Urge Residents to Participate in 2010 Count

A massive counting effort gets underway this year, and Louisville officials are encouraging citizens to take part. The 2010 Census forms will be in the mail in mid-March, and those running the effort are already working to encourage people to be counted.

The population numbers that come from the census will be used for the next ten years in allocating federal funds for roads, schools, and more.

Ben Johnson is the Kentucky Team Leader for the Census Bureau. He says in 2000, about 67-percent of the population returned their forms.

“We will go knock on every, single door that did not return their census form. There is no avoiding that,” says Johnson. “The easiest, most effective, and least costly way to conduct the census is when you get your form, take those few minutes, fill it out, send it back. If not, I guarantee you, someone will come knock on your door.”

Johnson says they’re working with area businesses, community groups and faith organizations to find ways to reach more people.

Metro Government officials today unveiled new TV and print ads that were donated to the city to encourage participation.

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Census Center Needs 1,000 More Applicants

The census processing center in Jeffersonville, Indiana is still hiring.

About 25 hundred people will be hired for temporary jobs starting in February. The center is still looking for one thousand additional applications. Center director Dave Hackbarth says the jobs are in the data processing division of the 2010 census.

“They could be checking in questionnaires, they could be preparing the documents for automated processing, they could be doing some level of computer assisted coding,” he says. “It really depends on the particular requirements at the time.”

Hackbarth says hiring will start next month and the jobs will last through August.

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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.

State of Affairs

Count Me In! Why Do We Have a Census?

Monday, May 4, 2009
Count Me In! Why Do We Have a Census?
Finding and counting every person living in the United States sounds like an impossible task; and homelessness, language barriers and suspicion about the government don’t make it any easier. Yet according to the constitution, it must be done. The Census has been happening every 10 years since 1790, and as our diverse population continues to swell, it becomes an increasingly difficult job. Monday we will talk with some of the individuals in our area that are assisting with the 2010 Census in order to find out how they do it and why it matters.

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Pitt Study: Short-Term School Closure May Not Stop Flu

Researchers used computer simulations and U.S. census data to come to the conclusion that schools might need to stay closed for at least eight weeks in order to put a stop to the flu.  They found that closing schools at the beginning of an outbreak was not as important as keeping them closed for a long enough period.  The researchers reason that short-term closures could increase the spread of the disease because students who haven’t yet caught the flu return at their most vulnerable, in the midst of the epidemic.  Computer simulations used in the study were based on a model of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  They followed the movements of residents each weekday from home to work or school to simulate an epidemic.

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Louisville Will Challenge Census

Louisville Metro Government is challenging the U.S Census Bureau’s 2007 population update.

The update gives Louisville a population of just over 709,264. A study from the Washington D.C. based group Social Compact says at least 45,000 citizens weren’t counted in that update, and city officials agree.

Mayor’s spokesperson Chad Carlton says Louisville’s budget and national relevance depend on an accurate estimate in the current update.

“That makes it much, much more likely to get a more accurate count in the 2010 census, which is used for everything from deciding how some federal dollars are doled out to determining the number of congressional seats a state has,” he says.

Louisville is currently facing a budget shortfall, but Carlton says that’s not the main reason for the challenge.

“If Louisville doesn’t do it and Cincinnati does and Chattanooga does and Nashville does and St. Louis does, those people come at Louisville’s expense,” says Carlton.

Cincinnati is also challenging its census this year. Chattanooga’s population was adjusted upward after the city questioned its estimate last year.