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.

Johnson said most positions will be part time and hiring will begin in February and continue into March.

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.

“Following that, we will hire another group of people — in fact, more people — to go out and visit the households where we did not get a questionnaire back,” John