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Census Workers Finishing Follow-Ups

by Gabe BullardCensus workers are almost finished visiting the homes of Kentuckians who did not send in their census forms in April.About 700 thousand households in Kentucky did not report in the census, and workers have been visiting their homes since May 1st. More than 90 percent of those households have been visited, and regional census office spokesperson Terry Plumb says workers will likely wrap up the visits in the next few days.Once the job is done, some temporary workers will be let go and others will be assigned new duties."When people are hired, they're told the duration of their employment will depend on the workload," he says. "There are no promises made. They're told it could be a few days, it could be a couple of months."While follow-ups will be completed soon, Plumb says some workers will still be out in Kentucky later this summer."We have other operations that are designed to verify the information we've received. For instance, we will check the workload of every census taker, and if there's some reason to believe that person was not doing the job the way they were supposed to do it, we will redo all the cases he has done," he says.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.