The Census Bureau is now hiring people. Each state pays a different wage, I know CA is $17.00 an hour. The job is temporary but can go as long as a year. In many states you'll be able to work in your own area. You do need to take a test.
I completley agree, but, since the good ole government has put us in this nice little recession it could be a way to get a little money back from em ya know Census is kind of a cool job , if you never done it before , I suggest you give it a try , there is a store hous of knowledge to be gained there