WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The start of a new decade calls for a national census count, and this one could help boost the economy.
The United States Constitutions mandates that the population be counted every 10 years. The head count is used to decide, among other things, how many congressional districts each state will be given in the House of Representatives
The Wilmington office will be responsible for tallying the population in six surrounding counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson.
The Census Bureau will hire 2,000 employees from Wilmington, and a total of 2,400 across the state to conduct the count.
The Bureau opened it's office on S. 17th Street in Wilmington Wednesday, and will begin to take applications for the temporary, part-time census takers position.
Last year census workers did door to door canvassing. In March they will start the process of mailing out forms for a more official count.
For more information about applying for one of those positions contact the Wilmington office by calling, (910) 442-4620, or visit them online here.