Census Bureau Still Counting

Many people around the country have turned to temporary jobs in the last year or so to help get by.

And many of those jobs have been with the U.S. Census Bureau.

As those jobs wind down in the next 2 months, the final tally of their work will be turned in.

It’s now been two and a half months since the official census day, April 1st.

The Ishpeming office says 70% to 75% of the census forms they sent out have been filled out and returned.

But they’re still taking data until July 30th, so if you haven’t responded yet, it’s not too late.

They’re checking on people who were away from home on April 1st.

Ishpeming census office manager Vicki Estes Bruff says some people may have been on vacation or away at camp at the time, and they’ve received notices of a census taker visit.

If you didn’t get a form in the first place, Bruff says that’s a problem that she needs to know about.

It’s happened to some people, and there are a few reasons for that.

Bruff says if your street’s name has changed since the Census Bureau’s maps were made, or if your home is new construction, you may not have been on the questionnaire delivery list.

You can call the Ishpeming office at 464-6236, or the national toll-free number, 1-800-923-8282.

The census determines funding for things like job training centers, schools and emergency services.