There's at least one big project that is going forward despite the dismal economy: the U.S. Census, which is required by the Constitution every 10 years.

That means the Philadelphia regional office of the Census Bureau has 1,500 to 1,800 temporary jobs to fill in Address Canvasing operations in Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, and Newark, Del.

The agency is recruiting more than 10,500 people to be considered for the available jobs, which pay $12 to $20 an hour.

The Census Bureau is also hiring about 40 people for temporary office support jobs, such as clerks, administrative assistants, and supervisors.

Applicants should call (866) 861-2010, or visit the Philadelphia Regional Census Center online at