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Census center jobs winding down…

The Census Bureau has three processing centers across the nation that handle all 2010 Census forms. They are located in Indiana, Arizona, and Maryland. Here’s a report from the Courier-Journal that discusses the status of operations in Indiana:

By Lesley Stedman Weidenbener

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Census Bureau’s National Processing Center in Jeffersonville will eliminate its night shift on Friday as it winds down its work on the 2010 Census.

That will leave the local center with about 3,000 employees – down from a peak of about 5,000 this spring, said director David Hackbarth.

In May, the center started laying off temporary employees who had been hired for about $13 an hour to process roughly 40 million Census forms received at the Jeffersonville location, one of three processing centers in the country. That represents roughly 20 percent of the Census forms returned nationally.

“The work load is now significantly lower than it was at its peak,” Hackbarth said.

Additional layoffs will continue through the fall of 2011.

“Even though the Census is winding down, there will be Census work through 2011,” Hackbarth said. “Our employment will depend on the magnitude of the work.”

Most of the employees who were hired as temporary workers for the Census knew their jobs would be ending in late summer, Hackbarth said. Still, they’re all receiving two weeks notice of their final days, he said.

Some employees have left for new jobs immediately upon learning their layoff date. Others will stay to their last day, he said. They are working on the last Census forms and cleaning up data.

“One of our concerns is trying to help people find their next job,” Hackbarth said. “And that’s part of the reason for a two-week notice. It gives them time to react and we think that’s the appropriate thing to do.”

Leading up the layoffs, Clark and Floyd counties have had unemployment rates that have been lower than the state average.

Base staffing for the Jeffersonville center is about 1,600 employees. Hackbarth said employment levels will fluctuate significantly throughout the decade as the center handles other projects and surveys that the Census Bureau conducts between the decennial counts.

“Many of the employees – whether they’re temporary or term employees – have worked here before and will work here again,” Hackbarth said.

11 Responses to “Census center jobs winding down…”

  1. temporary census employee Says:

    In my LCO, a small handful of workers have been kept on for FV operations and office work – FAVORITES OF MANAGEMENT.

  2. REDBONE2010 Says:


  3. lco...meh... Says:

    Favorites of management because some folks worked their ass off…others who bitch about being let go…because they were lazy, could not fill out their 308′s right, sloppy paperwork, padded milage, and a host of reasons that made them stand out as being crappy workers. Good luck finding another job…a lot of people saw this job as a way of dragging their ass and collecting a paycheck, others that wanted to work are being kept on to get things done.

  4. anonymous Says:

    I start Field Verification mid-August.

  5. Carol Bradley Says:

    I am glad the Indiana folks received advanced 2-week notice re their last days. My crew and I got the news on June 23 that our last day was
    June 24 at 4 pm. Although we had been extended through July 22, we knew it was highly unlikely the work last that long, but, still we expected maybe 4 days notice (as per my experiences in 1990 and 2000 in Los Angeles, no less). My FOS was told at 8:30 am that she was terminated effective 4 pm the same day, so I should not complain, should I (and one of the high-ups from our LCO drove 427 miles RT just to tell her to her face, thereby accruing mileage and pr diem when a phone call would have been as effective).

  6. Taxpayer Says:

    Carol Bradley, so informative. What a waste of taxpayer money – one of the higher-ups driving 427 miles plus pay/hour! Talk about padding their paychecks!!!

  7. anonymous Says:

    If you were retaining staff, which would you choose? Hardworking, pleasant people who got the job done & worked well on the team? Or a random cross-section including people who you found lazy, slow, not able to contribute to the group, quick to complain rather than try to understand & with an unpleasant attitude?

    And, which of those teams do you think would work more efficiently and economically?

  8. Current CL Says:

    Two Week notices or even a day notice is almost nonexistant here in the Central Texas Area. My LCO hasn’t even told us anything official, but the rumor around the office is that Saturday is the last day for all of us, and I am fairly sure that a lot of my crew who were not carried on to VDC from NRFU didn’t even receive a phone call, they were just forgotten about. Overall, i think that the way the Census has been handled is a complete catastrophe and makes me never want to work the Census ever again because the people running it don’t know what they are doing.

  9. parntership hopeful Says:

    Can I work for partnership?

  10. one of the anonymous Says:

    I received a SF-50 today. Appointment extended to October 24, 2010! We were laid-off due to lack of work. There are no jobs left in my LCO. Kansas City, MO RCC, stop sending out “appt. extended” forms – you are playing with unemployment figures.

  11. NRFU Clerk Says:

    Out here in Chicago, a day’s notice is pushing it. We had many clerks in field ops let go as the management begins pruning the office tree, but apparently our AMFO ‘forgot’ to call at least 4 people to let them know they’d been terminated. Two of them figured that since they hadn’t been given a schedule they were no longer employed, but two of them continued to come in and work their regular shifts for TWO DAYS FURTHER because their supervisors had been told not to deal with terminations and it was the AMFO’s job. The clerks only found out one day because security refused them access to the building. Did the AMFO apologize at all for such an ‘oversight?’ Nope, just told them they’d been cut cause their supervisors had rated them the worst clerks in the office and told them to hand over their materials and leave. I’d kill for the type of treatment they’re apparently getting at the NPC.