Officials Preparing For Roll Out Of 2020 Census

(WNAX) — The Census Bureau is gearing up for the ten-year count across the country and in South Dakota. Blanca Ramirez-Salazar is the Partnership Coordinator for the Upper Plains states and says they are looking for quite a few part time employees to help with the count in the state…

“This is a pool that we’re looking at is about 8000 individuals in order to be able to potentially hire about 1200 individuals. And those numbers are based on estimates for the self-response, so this is all connected to self-response.”
Ramirez-Salazar says the actual count starts this spring…

“That actually beings on March 12th and so that’s when we go live and this will be the first time that we will have so many options and so many choices; so will be able to provide opportunities for individuals to complete their questionnaire on line, by telephone and then also the hard question will be available in addition to when we get to the point of knocking on the door.”
She says a Census enumerator will only knock on your door if you have not completed the online, mail in or telephone survey. Ramirez-Salazar says the first push will be near university campuses…

“And we will begin to get enumerators out mid-April around area….blocks or areas around college campus’ that have met certain criteria where we believe we’re going to really struggle in having them complete their questionnaire before…before they move or before the classes are out of session. So that would be mid-April and then we go into the full non-response follow-up in May.”
Ramirez-Salazar says they will also make special efforts to count people in rural areas and Indian reservations. She says the groundwork is scheduled to wrap up by August first.