Earlier this week, we reported that Calhoun County, South Carolina officials complained that the U.S. Census Bureau hadn’t hired any local residents for the decennial headcount. As we found out later that day, these officials were wrong! Here’s the follow-up from the Times and Democrat:
ST. MATTHEWS — Calhoun County officials were wrong when they complained the U.S. Census has hired no county residents, according to census officials.
They say they’ve hired more than a dozen county workers to compile addresses in preparation for the 2010 census. Earlier this week, Calhoun County officials complained about the lack of local hires.
“We indeed have hired 16 people from Calhoun County to work in Calhoun County in our address listing operation,” Charlotte Regional Census Center Media Relations Manager B.J. Welborn said. “We hired, tested and trained them there. We are out there knocking on doors.”
Welborn said about 79 people applied and took a basic skills test to qualify for the address listing operation. About 16 were hired and two additional applicants are being trained.
Welborn said the employees were trained at the Calhoun County Courthouse Annex building and the St. Matthews Department of Social Services office. Applicants were tested at the Calhoun County Council Chambers at the courthouse.
The 16 were selected based on their test scores and access to a working vehicle.
The Columbia Census office was responsible for the testing, hiring, training and supervision of census employees in the county.