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Tip Sheet Number 19 — September 24, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-19


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).

National Advisory Committee Fall Virtual Meeting

The U.S. Census Bureau will host the National Advisory Committee Fall Virtual Meeting on Nov. 4-5. Experts and representatives of various organizations from all over the nation will attend the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations, and innovative processes. In advance of the meeting, the Census Bureau is currently seeking new members to serve on the National Advisory Committee. Details regarding the nomination process and member duties can be found in the Federal Register Notice. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

2020 Census

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.)


New Community Resilience Estimates Data Equity Resource

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the CRE for Equity data tool to show equity gaps in communities. In an easy-to-use dashboard, this new tool pulls together existing data to measure social vulnerability and equity gaps at the community level while providing context about the varying needs of different communities. (Scheduled for release Sept. 28.)

2018 Congressional Election Voting Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the report “An Analysis of the 2018 Congressional Election” next month. The report provides an overall description of voting levels and trends that were previously released in a set of tables and graphs. The report sets a context for some of the previously-reported data, and highlights those groups that were under-represented and over-represented in the 2018 midterm election. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

Select Topics in International Censuses

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing a series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses. Each note highlights a new subject, method or operation relevant to census planners in middle- to low-income countries. These notes complement the U.N. Principles and Recommendations on Population and Housing Censuses by describing certain topics in more detail. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Select Topics in International Censuses series is designed for staff in national statistical offices to assist them in addressing some of the significant issues in the 2020 round of censuses. (Scheduled for release in October.)

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 modes 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.


2019 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

The 2019 BDS data were released in CSV format on the BDS website on Sept. 22, and will be released 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.) We will celebrate U.S. manufacturing with a continual release of information throughout the week of Sept 27 through Oct 1.

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.)

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.)

Selected Monthly State Sales Tax Collection Experimental Data

Census Bureau is scheduled to release the Selected Monthly State Tax Collections (SMSTC) experimental data for July 2021. Monthly state tax collections provide data for sales taxes -- general sales, lodging, alcoholic beverages, motor fuel, tobacco as well as income taxes -- individual and corporate. Go to the home page for more information about the SMSTC. (Tentatively scheduled for release Oct. 15.)

Introducing Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer

An introduction to the new Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer! BDS Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the BDS dataset. BDS Explorer provides access to the entire BDS dataset via line charts, bar charts and thematic maps. The application's intuitive dashboard allows for the construction of tables and charts to compare and rank measures of business dynamism such as employment, job creation and destruction, and firm births and deaths across a wide range of establishment and firm characteristics. Potential analyses include a longitudinal look at job creation by establishment age across counties, ranking establishment entry rates of young firms across NAICS industry groups and comparing job destruction rates by firm sizes across a selection of Metropolitan Areas. See the BDS Explorer homepage for more information. (Scheduled for release Oct. 20.)

Census Business Builder 4.0

Census Business Builder Updated to Version 4.0 – Census Business Builder (CBB) is being updated to version 4.0. Updates to the tool include new functions such as geography ranking that allows users to easily compare multiple geographies and new source information in the Excel download sheets. The Industry Cluster feature is also now available in both the Small Business and Regional Analyst editions, and all datasets have been updated to the latest years available. (Scheduled for Release Oct. 25)

Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS)

This high-frequency survey measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses. SBPS complements existing Census Bureau data by providing detailed, near-real time information on the challenges faced by small businesses. The survey includes information on 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

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release Oct. 4.)

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 October.)

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 Manufacturing Week & Day: Sept. 27-Oct. 1 & October 1, 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



Upcoming segments include doctors’ orders in “Medical Licensing” (Sept. 26), and it’s elementary in “National Chemistry Week” (Oct. 17).

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 Sept. 10, 2021)

2020 Census

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

Sept. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released easier-to-use formats of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File on Sept. 16. Redistricting data is available through the Census Bureau’s primary data dissemination tool, data.census.gov. The Census Bureau 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.

Invitation for Feedback on Proposed 2020 Census Data Products

Sept. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released an updated 2020 Census Data Product Planning Crosswalk (Crosswalk). The Crosswalk includes 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File tables and proposed data tables for the 2020 Census Demographic Profile, Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC), and Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (Detailed DHC).


2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation: Program Receipts

Sept. 16 — 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.

2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation

Sept. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

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

Sept. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau announced 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 includes statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and compares trends over time.

Health Insurance in the United States: 2020

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

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020

On Sept. 14, the Census Bureau announced 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 includes statistics pertaining to the 2020 calendar year and compares trends over time.

Tool for Assessing Statistical Capacity (TASC) Update

Sept. 14 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.


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

Sept. 23 — 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. 

Comparative and Bridge Statistics Reports from 2017 Economic Census

Sept. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

Job Opportunity Tool

Sept. 15 — 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 dove 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.

Sweet Stats of Earning Potential of a Chef after College

In recognition of National Cooking Day, September 25, the U.S. Census Bureau released an infographic from the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) Explorer data tool highlighting annual earnings for associate degree holders in culinary, entertainment, and personal services from the Arapahoe Community College of Colorado. PSEO is an experimental data product containing earnings and employment outcomes for recent graduates of partner colleges and universities. Future updates will include additional post-secondary institutions.

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 launched a new landing page with information and resources for small businesses.

Facts for Features

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

Sept. 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.


How Did the Pandemic Affect Survey Response

Written by: Jonathan Rothbaum and Charles Hokayem — Sept. 14 — In its new report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau provides estimates of the distribution of household and personal income and poverty. We collected data for this report (and the accompanying microdata and summary tables) in February, March and April of each year as part of the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).

Transitions in Health Insurance Coverage: A Look Inside Annual Health Coverage Statistics

Written by: Laryssa Mykyta and Mary Katherine Keisler — Sept. 13 — Annual estimates of health coverage from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) highlighted in the report Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2020 paint a broad picture of the nation’s health care landscape. The report considers people to be uninsured if they were not covered by any type of insurance for the entire year. Within a calendar year, individuals may be uninsured only part of the year. Those who are uninsured for part (one to 11 months) of the year may have lost health coverage, transitioned to health coverage, or experienced multiple transitions. Understanding within-year transitions in health coverage — who loses or gains coverage and for how long — provides a more nuanced portrait of the nation’s health care needs and well-being.



Profile America segments include “National Chicken Month” (Sept. 9), and going with the grain in “National Rice Month” (Sept. 14). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.


Emergency Management/Disaster Resources

When major disasters strike, visit our Emergency Management Page to get demographic and economic data on the impacted areas. Each disaster will include data from our key Emergency Management Tools: OnTheMap for Emergency Management, Community Resilience Estimates, Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition, and other useful 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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