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U.S. Census Bureau opens office in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The opening of the new Census office not only marks the beginning of the 2010 Census, but also the arrival of fifty new jobs in Cedar Rapids, and another thousand across Eastern Iowa.

City leaders welcomed the new office in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning, while encouraging residents to take part in the Census. It keeps track of population statistics across the country, and those numbers are often used to allocate federal funds to states and cities.

Regional Director Dennis Johnson also hopes the new office will help flood-torn cities in their rebuilding efforts.

"Hopefully we'll provide jobs for some people who have lost jobs due to flooding, or some other reason," he told us, mentioning the downturn in the economy. "We can provide a bridge to some people who've maybe lost some employment, and are looking for something more permanent."

The information gathered for the 2010 Census will be used for next 10 years. Eventually, Johnson says the Census will open offices in Des Moines, Waterloo, Ames and Sioux City.

If you're interested in working at the new Census office, you can call their toll-free recruiting hotline at 1-866-861-2010, or visit their website, www.2010censusjobs.gov, for more details.

Online Reporter: Brady Smith

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