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Tip Sheet Number 20 — October 7, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-20


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.

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. (Scheduled for Nov. 4-5.)

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.)


2020 School Enrollment Data Tables

The U.S. Census Bureau will release school enrollment data that examine the characteristics of people enrolled in school at all levels in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic using statistics from the Current Population Survey. The data tables detail enrollment from pre-school through college. (Scheduled for release Oct. 19.)

2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release data from the 2020 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 Oct. 28.)

2020 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 Oct. 28.)

2020 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 Oct. 28.)

2018 Congressional Election Voting Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the report “An Analysis of the 2018 Congressional Election”. 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.


Selected Monthly State Sales Tax Collection Experimental Data

The Census Bureau is scheduled to release 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.)

LED Webinar: Introducing Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer

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 hosting a webinar to introduce Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer. BDS Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool featuring the BDS dataset. The application’s intuitive dashboard allows users to construct 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. Visit the BDS Explorer homepage for more information. (Scheduled for Oct. 20.)

Census Business Builder 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.)

Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes

The U.S. Census Bureau will release data for six more states (Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Virginia, Utah, and Missouri) in the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) experimental data product. Data users can use the PSEO Explorer tool, download raw files, or query the Census API to access data. PSEO tabulations show earnings and employment outcomes for graduates of post-secondary institutions in the United States and are generated by linking graduate transcript records to Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) wage data. This offers prospective students a comprehensive assessment tool to see how much money they could earn by degree and institution. (Scheduled for release Oct. 28.)

2020 Annual Business Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed data tables from the 2020 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering reference year 2019. Data will include estimates on the number of firms, receipts, payroll, and employment by sector, sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. Tables show data on various owner and business characteristics at the national, state, and MSA geographic levels. Previously, first-look estimates for the 2020 ABS were published via an infographic, available at census.gov. The ABS is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation. Additional data on research and development and innovation will be released by NCSES in the near future. (Scheduled for release Oct. 28.)

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. Although developed in response to the pandemic, SBPS may also have the potential to provide valuable data on the impact of natural disasters and other events. 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

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.)

The 2021 Holiday Season

This holiday season is a time to celebrate, reflect, exchange gifts and give thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its vast collection of statistics. (Scheduled for release in November.)

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.

  • Leif Erikson Day (Nordic-American heritage): October 9, 2021
  • Earth Science Week: October 10-16, 2021
  • National Nut Day: October 22, 2021
  • The Incandescent Light Bulb: October 22-23, 2021
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: October 23, 2021
  • National Family Caregivers Month: November 2021
  • National Aviation History Month: November 2021
  • National STEM Day: November 8, 2021
  • America Recycles Day: November 15, 2021
  • Geography Awareness Week & GIS Day: November 15-19 & 17, 2021
  • American Education Week: November 15-19, 2021
  • National Fast Food Day: November 16, 2021
  • World Children's Day & National Child’s Day: November 20, 2021
  • National Family Week: November 21-27, 2021
  • Native American Heritage Day: November 26, 2021
  • Black Friday: November 26, 2021
  • Small Business Saturday: November 27, 2021
  • Cyber Monday: November 29, 2021



Upcoming segments include a pizza your mind in “American Pie” (Oct. 27), and the root of our STEM studies in “First Engineering College” (Nov. 5).

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. 24, 2021)

Census Scientific Advisory Committee Fall Virtual Meeting

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


New Community Resilience Estimates Data Equity Resource

Sept. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.


Annual Survey of School System Finances

Oct. 5 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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 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.

Dispersion Statistics on Productivity (DiSP)

Sept. 28 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released 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 added 12 years of data, extending the series back to 1987 and forward to 2018.

Manufacturing Day

Sept. 27 — The U.S. Census Bureau joined 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. This tip sheet has links to data products, infographics and related stories that use manufacturing data. We celebrated U.S. manufacturing with a continual release of information throughout the week of Sept 27 through Oct 1.

2019 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

The 2019 BDS data were released in CSV format on the BDS website on Sept. 22, and was 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.

Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

Oct. 4 — 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.

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.

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:


Upcoming 2020 Census Data Products

Written by: Cynthia Davis Hollingsworth, Program Manager for 2020 Census Data Products and Dissemination, Decennial Census Management Division; Jason Devine, Assistant Division Chief for Census Programs, Population Division — Sept. 29 — We’ve now released the apportionment counts and redistricting data — the first two waves of 2020 Census results. But we’re just getting started. Some data users, eager for more information, have asked why it’s taking so long to produce the data and share our schedule. The answer is — we’re trying to ensure that we take the time to produce the high-quality statistics the public expects of us. The pandemic delayed our operations, and we’re in the midst of implementing new confidentiality protections. This blog explains our current plans for the data products and how you can provide feedback.



Profile America segments include water over the dam in “Hydroelectric Power” (Sept. 30), and what the doctor ordered in “American Pharmacists Month” (Oct. 4). 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.

Community Resilience Estimates

The Census Bureau’s CRE provide an easily understood metric for how at-risk every neighborhood in the United States is to the impacts of COVID-19.

Data Equity Tools

The U.S Census Bureau’s publicly available data sets and tools to assist in the equitable distribution of resources, and identifying underserved communities.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (Access Tools at Other Sites)

iPUMS USA collects, preserves and harmonizes U.S. Census Bureau microdata and provides easy access to this data with enhanced documentation.

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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