Census Planning to Hire About 1,000 in Kansas

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ The nation's economy may be soft, but the U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring in Kansas soon.

Regional Manager Dennis Johnson, whose Kansas City, Mo., office oversees six states, says the bureau plans to hire about 1,000 people in Kansas, with at least a few workers in every county.

And, he says, most of the hiring will be done early in 2009.

An early wave of part-time workers will go door-to-door through the spring and early summer of 2009, verifying where people live.

In 2010, the federal government will mail census questionnaires, which people are to complete and mail back. Unlike in 2000, when some households received a longer form, the 2010 Census will send a short form to all households.

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