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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 12:55pm

Census Opens Georgia Offices

The ten year Census has begun in remote parts of Alaska.

Here in Georgia, however, it'll be three-more months before census-takers go door-to-door.

Counting every Georgian will take at least 20,000 people.

That's according to the low end of a Census bureau estimate.

Manuel Landivar of the Census' Atlanta regional office says, in May, an army of census-takers will knock on the doors of households that don't repond to Census forms mailed in March.

"We will have a total of 16-offices in the state of Georgia," Landivar says. "We'll probably hire a couple of thousand people per office throughout the Census process."

The short-term, part-time work is expected to give a temporary lift to the state's jobless.

"We already have begun the hiring process," Landivar says. "We are actively testing people and qualifying them into our database of applicants that will be needed for the field operations when they begin."

Unemployment is 10.3% percent in Georgia.

This week, several Census offices are officially opening.

The newest one is in Douglasville.

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