Economic Assistant ( PART-TIME)

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This announcement is advertising vacancies in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in the following location: Seattle, WA including the counties of Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.


The hourly rate of this position is: Seattle, WA, $16.99 – $22.09. Economic Assistants are paid this hourly rate depending on the number of hours worked.

This position is a permanent part-time position. Some weekend or evening hours will be required. The weekly hours of work vary, but are expected to average 16-32 hours per week. The average weekly and/or total hours may increase or decrease . This is not a job opportunity for a person that needs full-time employment or whom cannot be available for work when it is required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. This position will not lead to a full-time position.

This position has promotion potential to GS-07. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

The selectee will be placed on a telework agreement, with a local reporting office to be identified in the telework agreement. The selectee will be required to travel throughout the counties of Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston, WA area to perform data collection.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Relocation costs will NOT be paid.

At least two (2) positions will be filled through this vacancy. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections will be made from this announcement.

NOTE: Work in retail stores must be completed during business hours.

VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED- Driving conditions will include highway and local street, and driving at night and in various local weather conditions.


Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to: Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders. The position requires travel throughout pricing areas in the counties of Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston, WA, including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • Travel required for training. Travel may be required daily.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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