At a time when most places aren't putting out the "Help Wanted" signs, the U.S. Census Bureau is initiating a major recruiting effort ahead of the 2010 count.
Racheal Hampton, manager of the 14-county regional office based in Lexington, said 1,200 to 1,500 door-to-door census takers are needed. The region includes Boyle, Mercer and Garrard counties
"Those are the numbers based on the response rate from the last census," Hampton said. "We want people who know the neighborhoods they will be working in, so the idea is to hire people to work in their own communities."
Hampton said census takers in the central Kentucky region will make $13.75 an hour for work that will likely begin in April and go through June, July and possibly August.