2020 CNMI Census job fair draws 824 applicants

THE job fair for the 2020 CNMI Census has drawn a total of 824 applicants since it started on Oct. 11, CNMI Census Office manager Clyde Norita said.

Job fairs were held at the multi-purpose center on Oct. 11, 12 and 19 to fill over 600 job positions including 178 enumerators, 48 office staffers, and 13 managerial team members.

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Applicants are interviewed during the CNMI Census job fair at the multi-purpose center on Oct. 12.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

In an interview, Norita said 474 came to the job fair on Oct. 11 and 12 and 350 showed up on Oct. 19.

“These numbers are positive for our recruitment effort, as we need over 300 just for part-time jobs,” Norita said, adding that they made the recruitment a convenient one-stop shop for the applicants.

Usually, documents have to be notarized, and an assessment test and an interview with the U.S. Census will require advance scheduling, Norita said.

“We conducted the job fairs so applicants didn’t have to go through a tedious process,” he added.

Once the CNMI Census Office has the manpower it needs, Norita said there will be a public outreach in Jan. 2020, and the field enumeration should begin by February and completed on June 30, 2020.

The data will be sent to the nation’s capital on July 30, and the CNMI Census Office will close on Sept. 30, 2020.

The outcome of the census will be available in two to three years. The 2020 Census is 100 percent federally funded.