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By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's census and demographics correspondent Carol Morello:

For Susan Williams, the road to working as a serial temp for the U.S. Census Bureau ran through law school and a recession that has stalled many a professional career.

After just two years as an associate at a small firm in the District, Williams was laid off in November 2008. She assumed she would land another job within four months. When that didn't happen, her brother mentioned seeing an ad that the Census Bureau was hiring.

In short order, the young lawyer, who had specialized in food and drug law, was a census crew leader, training and supervising 20 other temporary field workers canvassing addresses for the 2010 Census. That $21.50-an-hour job lasted just 10 weeks, but the census called her back for another six-week stint, canvassing group quarters, such as shelters and dormitories. After that ended, she was rehired to recruit other temps for the census. Now, she is working on technology operations in the District's census office.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 5, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  Census, Workplace Issues  
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