With the upcoming census next year, the Bureau of Statistics and Plans is looking to hire 800 people to collect data from the island’s households.
According to Tyrone J. Taitano, the bureau’s director, the reason why the bureau aims to recruit so many people is to take the potential turnover of employees in mind as well as ensure that the data for this census is accurate as the count for the 2010 census was considerably low.
According to Taitano, the census aims to gather data about the island’s population, such as veteran status and ethnicity.
Conducted every 10 years, the census acts as a valuable resource in the production of grants, policy planning, and program improvements.
At the mayor’s council meeting yesterday, Taitano asked the mayors for help in identifying hard to reach households and motivating their residents to participate.
Taitano said the U.S. Census Bureau will work with the military to count the populations on the bases, while the Guam Census Office will cover everyone else.
Recruitment for the 2020 Census will begin in December.