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Tip Sheet Number 18 — September 10, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-18

Upcoming

2021 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2021. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Census Scientific Advisory Committee Fall Virtual Meeting

The U.S. Census Bureau will host the Census Scientific Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting September 23 and 24. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation will attend the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations and innovative processes. The Census Bureau Advisory Committee Branch will taking nominations until September 30 to fill membership vacancies on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC).

2020 Census

Redistricting Data to be Released in Easier-to-Use Formats

The U.S. Census Bureau will release easier-to-use formats of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File on Sept. 16. Redistricting data will be available through the Census Bureau’s primary data dissemination tool, data.census.gov. The Census Bureau will also deliver an easy-to-use toolkit of DVDs and flash drives to state officials and public bodies responsible for their state’s legislative apportionment or districting. More information is available in the recent announcement; the announcement is also available in Spanish. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

2020 Census Data Processing and Data Quality Blog Series

Census Bureau experts will dive more deeply into a range of data processing and quality-related topics through a series of blogs. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2021.)

2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers

Each Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the total number of 2020 Census paid temporary workers that earned any pay. The data tables include national totals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Scheduled for release each Tuesday.)

American Community Survey

American Community Survey Blog Series

Census Bureau experts will discuss how the pandemic affected data collection for the American Community Survey in 2020 and how the pandemic affects other aspects of the survey. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2021.)

Demographic

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on income and poverty for the nation based on the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and will also compare trends over time. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

Health Insurance in the United States: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on health insurance coverage. The report will include national-level statistics from the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). It will include data for the 2020 calendar year and compare it with previous years. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau will announce its findings on the supplemental poverty measure for the nation based on the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and compare trends over time. (Scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

Tool for Assessing Statistical Capacity (TASC) Update

The U.S. Census Bureau will release TASC version 2.1. TASC provides a quantitative measure of capacity to conduct a Population and Housing Census at national statistical offices (NSO) around the world. TASC helps census managers and international donors in middle- to low-income countries use resources effectively and, ultimately, to improve data quality. The 2.1 update adds assessment items on point-based georeferenced statistics and the role of NSOs in promoting data literacy within their country — two emerging topics in the global statistical community. These topics reflect the continually increasing technical and soft-skill demands placed on NSOs, and highlight the need for the TASC to guide investment in statistical capacity in lower- and middle-income countries. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 14.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation: Program Receipts

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release program receipt data tables from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These tables provide national data about the receipt of social security, TANF, SNAP, WIC, SSI, retirement income, unemployment insurance, free- and reduced-price school meals, VA benefits and the receipt of child support, all for a variety of demographic characteristics. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The SIPP is a longitudinal survey that measures the dynamics of income, employment, health insurance and participation in government transfer programs. This allows researchers to understand how income level and participation in assistance programs change over time. The Census Bureau will also release data-user support materials. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation: Wealth, Asset Ownership and Debt of Households

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release Wealth, Asset Ownership and Debt of Households detailed tables from the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These data provide wealth and debt measures for a variety of demographic, social and household characteristics. These measures include information on home equity and retirement accounts as well as vehicle debt, credit card debt and student loans. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

Dispersion Statistics on Productivity (DiSP)

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release a new version of the experimental data product, Dispersion Statistics on Productivity (DiSP, <www.census.gov/disp>). DiSP provides information on the within-industry dispersion in productivity at the 4-digit NAICS level for the manufacturing sector. The new version of the DiSP data will add 12 years of data, extending the series back to 1987 and forward to 2018. (Scheduled for release Sept. 28.)

School Pulse Panel

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun collecting data from schools for the new School Pulse Panel (SPP) as part of efforts to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and staff in U.S. public schools. The SPP is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and collects data on instructional mode offered, enrollment counts, learning loss mitigation strategies, safe and healthy strategies, use of technology and more. To learn more, visit the School Pulse Panel page.

Household Pulse Survey

The experimental Household Pulse Survey is an effort by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to document temporal trends in how individuals are experiencing business curtailment and closures, stay-at-home orders, school closures, changes in spending patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life. Data collection for phase 3.2 began July 21. The Census Bureau will disseminate data tables on a biweekly basis Aug. 11 through Oct. 20, 2021. The final public-use files for the phase will be released through Oct. 20, 2021.

Economic

Small Business Week

The U.S. Census Bureau joins the U.S. Small Business Administration in celebrating National Small Business Week beginning Sept. 13. To celebrate America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Census Bureau will launch a new landing page with information and resources for small businesses. (Scheduled for release in September.)

Job Opportunity Tool

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are presenting the "Job Opportunity Tool". This presentation will dive into how Redfin used a combination of public and private data, including the LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES), to create the Redfin Opportunity Score. The Redfin Opportunity Score is a rating from 0 to 100 that measures the number of jobs within a 30-minute, car-free commute from a given address. An Opportunity Score of 100 represents a home with the most job access, and scores are weighted by population. Opportunity Score is currently available in more than 350 cities across the country. (Scheduled for Sept. 15.)

Comparative and Bridge Statistics Reports from 2017 Economic Census

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the Comparative and Bridge Statistics reports from the 2017 Economic Census. The Comparative Statistics report provides data for 2012 and 2017 at the 2- thru 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels based on the 2012 NAICS code basis. The Bridge Statistics report includes data for 2012 and 2017 for industries changed for the 2017 NAICS code basis and shows the components of the NAICS change. These two reports mark the last of the data released from the 2017 Economic Census. (Scheduled for release Sept. 16.)

Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: The Changing Face of Manufacturing in the USA

Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will present business data on the manufacturing industry and explore the relationship of manufacturing with other sectors of the economy. You will learn how to access these valuable resources through real world case studies and examples. The webinar includes a live demonstration of data tools with the opportunity for Q&A. (Scheduled for Sept. 23.)

2019 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

The 2019 BDS data will be released in CSV format on the BDS website on Sept. 22, and in the Census API, data.census.gov, and BDS Explorer on Sept. 30. The BDS is an annual time-series — covering the years 1978 to 2019 — and provides measures of business dynamics (such as job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns) for the economy, aggregated by establishment and firm characteristics. (Scheduled for release Sept. 22 and 30.)

Manufacturing Day

The U.S. Census Bureau will join a group of public and private organizations for the tenth annual celebration of the manufacturing sector of the nation’s economy on Oct. 1, 2021. The Census Bureau releases manufacturing statistics that inform the public, businesses and policymakers at the local and national level by painting a picture of the state of this important economic sector. There will be a tip sheet with links to data products, infographics and related stories that use manufacturing data. (Scheduled for release Sept. 27.)

Annual Survey of School System Finances

The U.S. Census Bureau will release preliminary data tables and a visualization on the Annual Survey of School System Finances for fiscal year 2020. These data will provide a first look at spending per public school pupil (pre-K through 12th grade), as well as revenue and other school system spending details in 35 states and the District of Columbia. These data are being released early to inform the public about the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic; however, some states do not submit their data files until later in the calendar year. The final release expected in May 2022 will include all states. (Scheduled for release Oct. 5.)

Small Business Pulse Survey

The Small Business Pulse Survey measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses, complementing existing Census Bureau data collections by providing high-frequency, detailed information on challenges small businesses are facing. The survey includes information on small business operations, receipt of assistance, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements, supply-chain disruptions, measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery. Weekly data downloads and visualizations are available at the national, sector, state and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) level for the largest 50 MSAs and Puerto Rico. Sub-sector and state-by-sector data are also available for download. Data collection for phase 6 began Aug.16, 2021. Data were released Aug. 26 and will continue every Thursday through Oct. 21.

Monthly Business Formation Statistics

The Business Formation Statistics (BFS) provide timely and high-frequency data on business applications and employer business formations on a monthly basis. The data are available at the state, regional and national levels, and by industry sector at the national level. The next monthly BFS release is Oct. 14, 2021, and will include September 2021 data.

Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

During this month-long observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation’s Latino population. (Scheduled for release in September.)

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Scheduled for release in September.)

Stats for Stories

Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the U.S. Census Bureau’s newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays and anniversaries. The story ideas are intended to assist the media in story mining and producing content for their respective audiences.

  • National Hunting and Fishing Day: September 25, 2021
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day: September 27, 2021
  • National Coffee Day: September 29, 2021
  • National Energy Awareness Month: October 2021
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month: October 2021
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month: October 2021
  • Italian American Heritage and Culture Month: October 2021
  • Polish-American Heritage Month: October 2021

Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include no grain, no gain in “National Rice Month” (Sept. 15), and a wurst case scenario in “German-American Day” (Oct. 6).

The daily features are available at <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>. The menu options allow selection for Profile America and Al Dia, with download options for MP3 and WAV files or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

Recently Released
(Released since Aug. 27, 2021)

New Members to Census Scientific Advisory Committee

Sept. 7 — The U.S. Census Bureau named three new members to the Census Bureau’s Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The committee provides advice on the design, operation and implementation of Census Bureau programs. New members will serve a 3-year term.

TOP: Colleges and Universities Promote Census Data Accessibility

Aug. 30 — Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau brings together cross-sector collaborators during The Opportunity Project’s (TOP) technology development sprints to come up with ways to use data and technology to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

2020 Census

Release Date for Easier-to-Use Formats for Redistricting Data

Sept. 1 — The U.S. Census Bureau will release easier-to-use formats of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File on Sept. 16. Also on Sept. 16, redistricting data will be available through the Census Bureau’s primary data dissemination tool, data.census.gov. The Census Bureau will also deliver an easy-to-use toolkit of DVDs and flash drives to state officials and public bodies responsible for their state’s legislative apportionment or districting. Spanish

American Community Survey

Migration Flows Data Available for Counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Minor Civil Divisions

Sept. 2 — The U.S. Census Bureau will release migration statistics from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). These data tables highlight the geographic mobility of people between counties, metropolitan statistical areas, minor civil divisions in some states and municipalities (municipios) in Puerto Rico. The five-year data provide estimates of in-migration, out-migration and net migration of movers and nonmovers between origin and destination of these geographies.

Demographic

Census Bureau to Announce Findings for 2020 Income, Poverty and Health

Sept. 1 — The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to hold an online news conference to announce the findings of three reports – Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020; Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2020 and The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020. The income and poverty report and the health insurance report provide national statistics from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The supplemental poverty measure report contains national and state findings from the CPS ASEC. Spanish

Childless Older Americans: 2018 Report

Aug. 31 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report focusing on the population of adults ages 55 and older who are childless. The report Childless Older Americans: 2018 uses data from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to examine the circumstances (socioeconomic status and demographic characteristics), potential supports, and health and well-being of childless older adults. This is the first-ever report of its kind by the Census Bureau. The report also compares these characteristics to those of biological parents of the same age group.

Economic

Recent Cross County Commuting Patterns

Sept. 1 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute present “Recent Cross County Commuting Patterns.” This presentation will explore different analyses of cross-county commuting patterns in North Carolina. This research seeks to understand how commuting has changed across North Carolina. The presentation will focus on whether workers work and live in the same county, how that relationship changed over time, and the confluence of labor markets and commuting patterns.

Franchising in America: Key Data from the 2017 Economic Census

Sept. 1 — This webinar provided an overview of the data published in the 2017 Economic Census Franchise Statistics report. This includes information on nearly 300 different types of businesses (not just Fast Food) with a breakout of franchises by franchisee-owned versus franchisor-owned.

America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

America Counts tells the stories behind the numbers in a new, inviting way. We feature stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy emergency preparedness and population. New stories include:

Blogs

What’s the Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures?

Written by: Liana E. Fox and Kalee Burns, Social Economic and Housing Statistics Division — Sept. 9 — There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s. At the U.S. Census Bureau, we measure poverty two ways every year. The first, called the official poverty measure, is based on cash resources. The second measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), includes both cash and noncash benefits and subtracts necessary expenses (such as taxes and medical expenses). The official poverty measure was developed in the mid-1960s, and it has remained mostly unchanged since then. In contrast, the SPM was designed to improve as new data, methods, and further research become available. This short blog will discuss the development of the SPM as well as contrast the two measures.

2020 Census Program for Evaluations, Experiments, and Assessments

Written by: Joan Hill, Assistant Division Chief for Experiments and Evaluations, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, and Jennifer Reichert, Assistant Division Chief for Nonresponse, Evaluations, and Experiments, Decennial Census Management Division — Sept. 8 — By law, the 1790 Census schedules were posted in the “two most public places within each jurisdiction, there to remain for the inspection of all concerned.” From the beginning, one of the hallmarks of the U.S. census has been conducting an objective process and subjecting the results to a thorough review. The U.S. Census Bureau continues the proud tradition of striving to conduct the highest quality census possible. We build quality into how we collect and process the data, and we evaluate the quality of those activities and their results.

Collecting ACS Data From Group Quarters Amid the Pandemic

Written by: Nicole Butler, Branch Chief American Community Survey Office; Marcella Jones-Putoff, Survey Statistician, American Community Survey Office; Ardane Britt, ACS GQ Regional Survey Manager-Expert, Philadelphia Regional Office; Will Rogers, ACS Program Coordinator, Chicago Regional Office — Sept. 3 — The American Community Survey (ACS) provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive sources of information about the U.S. population. To give a complete picture of the population, it’s essential the survey includes people living in households and in group quarters (GQs) such as nursing/skilled nursing facilities, college/university student housing and correctional facilities.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include a word from the sponsor in “First Radio Commercial” (Aug. 29), and shutter to think about it in “Picture This” (Sept. 4). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.

Resources

Learn What Surveys Are Being Conducted in Your Community

See which of our 130-plus annual surveys are being conducted in your community. In a variety of surveys and censuses, evolving from the first census in 1790, the Census Bureau provides official information about America’s people, businesses, industries and institutions. See surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:

Data Tools

Listed below are a few of the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive applications used to access statistics from our 130-plus annual surveys. A complete list can be accessed on the Census Bureau’s Data Tools and Apps webpage.

Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer

Analyze the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data through interactive charts, maps and tables.

Household Pulse Data Tool

An interactive application for exploring data from the Household Pulse Survey. This application is not supported in Internet Explorer 11 and older versions.

OnTheMap for Emergency Management

Access U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters.

Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Training Opportunities

Webinars are available on a regular basis to help the public access and use U.S. Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes each, show how to use Census Bureau databases and mapping tools and find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level. Descriptions of upcoming sessions are available on our Census Academy page. Login details are provided at least one week before a webinar.

Archived Training Resources

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded trainings that are free and available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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