The Census Bureau is having trouble finding qualified temporary workers in some neighborhoods for the national head count despite the record number of jobless who have swelled the nationwide pool of applicants.
Hartford, Conn~On the north side, an upscale area, the Census can't find enough people who need the jobs that pay $15 to $22.75 an hour in Hartford.
"In professional neighborhoods, the recession didn't really hit yet," says Bruce Kaminski, deputy regional director for the Boston region that includes New England, Upstate New York and Puerto Rico. "Doctors are still employed. Lawyers are still employed."
In central Dallas, where more people work than live, recruitment efforts are reaching mostly commuters who live in the suburbs. Many residents of the business district live in upscale condos and are less likely to apply.
In Martha's Vineyard, Mass., a summer resort, there aren't enough people living on the island in the offseason to hire.
The same thing is happening in Superior, Wis., on the shore of Lake Superior, says Wendy Button, chief of recruiting for the 2010 Census. "We're having trouble getting people there because of weekend homes," she says.
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