WORCESTER – MassHire will host U.S. 2020 Census Job Recruitment Day on Wednesdays to fill temporary positions for next year’s national tally. The fair, located at MassHire Worcester Career Center at 340 Main St., runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., according to Jibrael Younis, business engagement solutions teams supervisor. “We’ll be doing that every Wednesday until February,” Younis said. “We have computers people are able to apply (on) right there, and then talk to the recruiters.” The job fairs will continue each Wednesday except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, when they will be pushed to the following day instead. All the positions are temporary and part time. They offer flexible hours, paid training, and weekly pay, with flexible shifts in daytime, evening and weekends. Worcester County’s pay per hour is between $14.50 and $19.00, according to the Census Bureau website, representing rates for both office jobs and census taker positions. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, though non-citizens may be hired in certain circumstances consistent with law, according the website. An email address to complete training and a Social Security number are required. Most jobs, the website states, require employees to have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available. Census takers can receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses. “The Census Bureau is committed to hiring people who are familiar with their community,” according to a press release. Available jobs are: census takers, who visit households to collect data; recruiting assistants, who travel throughout the county and visit with community-based organizations; census field supervisors, who train and oversee a team of census takers as well as monitor work progress; and clerk within the Worcester-based office. “The census takers, by far, are the folks we’ll be hiring the most,” said Georgia Lowe, the Census Bureau’s supervisory partnership specialist. The application is the same for all positions. Applicants can indicate what they prefer, such as field or clerical work. The Census Bureau is looking to recruit 500,000 people across the country, according to Ethel Harris-Shepard, media specialist from the New York Regional Census Center. The recruitment goal for Massachusetts is 54,000, according to Lowe. Responses to the census are used by state, local and federal officials to determine the track of funding for the next decade. Lowe said the census affects more than $675 billion of federal spending, which can influence community block grants, food stamps, Pell grants and even emergency services. “And that’s just barely scratching the surface,” Lowe said. The census also affects governmental representation. “The census data provides a ton of information for decision makers,” Lowe said. “It gives people a vote in Congress.” The 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are distributed to the 50 states by population. “An accurate census count helps your state get the right amount of seats,” the U.S. Census’s press release states. In March, the bureau will mail invitations to respond to nearly every household in the country as well as active an online response form. Job applications in Worcester can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs, and the site will remain active into the spring.