Representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Perris on Wednesday to recruit census takers for the 2020 count, which will require a half-million temporary workers to visit homes, colleges and other places as part of the federally required effort to estimate the size of cities, counties and states for congressional apportionment.

Members of the bureau’s Los Angeles Regional Office will be on hand to help students and others interested in positions fill out applications at the Oasis Youth Opportunity Center at 11 South D St. The recruitment event will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to organizers.

“The event will feature information on available jobs, pay rates and the requirements/duties of each position,” according to a bureau statement. “If hired, local employees will start work in the spring of 2020. These jobs are critical in helping to ensure people respond to the 2020 Census, shaping the future of our country.”

Nationally, the federal government is seeking to hire about 500,000 census takers, officials said.

Riverside County has joined UC Riverside in forming the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee, with the goal of enlisting assistance from business groups, faith-based organizations, healthcare professionals and others in spreading the word about the census.

According to the bureau, questionnaires related to the 2020 count will begin going out in April. Census-takers will also start making personal visits to hard-to-reach locations and canvassing colleges and universities.

Homes that have received questionnaires but were unresponsive will be visited beginning sometime in May, according to the government.

A report on the census will be delivered to the president and Congress in December 2020.

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