The census count in North Dakota and Minnesota will soon be in full swing, but significant numbers of workers are still needed to ensure a thorough tally, according to regional demographics officials assisting the U.S. Census Bureau.
In Cass County, where up to 500 census counters may ultimately be hired, about 46% of needed workers have been hired.
In Clay County, about 38% of needed workers have been hired.
Those recent estimates are based on information that can be found on a Census Bureau website that tracks how hiring is going.
Kevin Iverson, North Dakota state demographer and census office manager for the state, said an accurate head count is critical for state and local agencies to get their fair share of federal program dollars.