Organizers of the Guam 2020 Census are still looking for applicants.
On Tuesday, the Guam Census Office held its sixth job fair to recruit residents interested in collecting data for the 2020 Census.
According to Lorraine Okada, from the Guam Census Office, the previous job fairs yielded great turnouts, with the first attracting around 200 applicants.
She says that this time, the office is looking for those interested in becoming enumerators, which would involve going door to door to survey residents throughout the island.
“We have enough applicants to fill these positions, but we do need a lot of backup and resources that we need to have ready because we do anticipate some turnover. And we have to make sure that we have these individuals ready to take over for these positions that will vacate along the way,” Okada said.
As for concerns regarding safety, Okada says that the office will be working with the police department and the mayors to ensure the well-being of its employees.
In addition, information gathered from those surveyed — such as income and the number of those living in a household — will be kept confidential.
According to Okada, participation in the upcoming census is important as it could affect how much governmental assistance the island will receiver over the next decade.
“The amount that we get from the federal government is dependent on the number of people we get from the census, whether it’s the number of people in the population or the number of housing units we have on the island,” Okada said.
The census will run from February 2020 to May and enumerators will be paid $18.64 an hour.
If you’re interested to apply, call the Guam Census Office at 645-2020.