The upcoming census is creating job opportunities for people throughout the state, but an area recruiting agent said Greenwood is in serious need of applicants.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census measures the population and gathers demographics data that are used to decide a number of important issues. The Census Bureau’s census-takers gather the information by surveying people, but the bureau is bound to protect people’s confidentiality. Private information isn’t published, the bureau cannot release people’s information even to law enforcement, and the data is only used to create statistics, according to the federal government’s official census website.

But first, the bureau needs to hire census-takers and other clerical and administrative positions.

“Basically, the job when the census starts is to calculate who’s done it,” said Anne Barron, recruiting agent for the Greenville district, which covers most of the Upstate and Lakelands. “They want to find the addresses of people who didn’t, and get them to respond.”

Ensuring that everyone responds to the census is important, she said, because the data is used to help determine how federal funding is distributed, the number of congressional seats each state gets and myriad other topics. Barron, who lives in Plum Branch, said she also worked the 2010 census.

“I know how important it is for these agricultural counties to get counted,” she said.

The jobs on offer are part time, with flexible hours, she said. As of Friday, the census website listed census-taker jobs in Greenwood as paying $15 an hour. With hundreds of openings in the Greenwood County area alone, Barron said the bureau is eager to have anyone interested in a job apply as soon as possible.

For information on the jobs and how to apply, visit, or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.