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2020 Census Temporary Employment by State

New Dashboard Features State-level Census Hiring Across US

Want to see how the 2020 Census is affecting employment in your area? A new dashboard from the Tennessee State Data Center shows just how many temporary workers are employed in each state across the nation.

2020 Census Temporary Employment by State

On a mobile device? Here’s an optimized version of the dashboard.

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking 500,000 temporary employees to assist with various operations, such as door-to-door follow-up at households who don’t respond to the invitation mailed in March. Based on 2010 operations, temporary employment should peak in May and June of 2020.

Using new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics, the dashboard tracks the decennial temporary hiring on a state-by-state basis.

Current census-related temporary employment in each state is highlighted, as well as a time series showing month-to-month changes in the number of employees.

In light of this once-in-a-decade employment event, the dashboard also is designed to help economists assess broader hiring trends. It shows two graphs of seasonally adjusted, month-to-month employment change. The first shows employment changes inclusive of Census hiring, the other shows monthly changes with Census hiring subtracted.

Month to month change in employment from Current Employment Survey

State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics are updated monthly, with the next release scheduled on March 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

For more information, call TNSDC Director Tim Kuhn at 865-974-6070 or email him at