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Tip Sheet Number 21 — October 22, 2021

Press Release Number TP21-21

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.

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.)

American Community Survey

Census Bureau Releases Analytical Report on COVID-19 Impact on the 2020 American Community Survey

The Census Bureau will release an analytical report detailing the data collection disruptions in the 2020 American Community Survey, the modifications to standard weighting and estimation which were explored to combat the collection issues, and the resulting data quality issues that informed the decision to not release the standard 2020 ACS 1-year data. The report will be augmented with a release of information on sample size and other data quality metrics about the 2020 ACS 1-year data. (Scheduled for release Oct. 27.) 

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

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.)

2021 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility Table Package

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2021 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility detailed table package and updates to historical tables and graphs. Geographic mobility and migration both refer to the movement of people from one location of residence to another. These national- and regional-level estimates are from the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). (Scheduled for release on Nov. 17.)

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.)

Families and Living Arrangements Table Package

The U. S. Census Bureau will release its annual America’s Families and Living Arrangements table package, providing new estimates on changing trends in the number of adults living with a spouse or unmarried partner. The release will also highlight the living arrangements of children. (Scheduled for release in November.)

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.

Economic

Census Business Builder 4.0

Cesus 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.)

2020 Service Annual Survey Data

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data tables from the 2020 Service Annual Survey (SAS). SAS provides statistics on revenue, payroll, sources of revenue, expenses, exports, inventory, revenue from electronic sources and other selected industry-specific data for service industries. The data are accompanied by supporting materials, including a data visualization that provides revenue statistics for all sectors covered by the Service Annual Survey (SAS). (Scheduled for release in November.)

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

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.

  • 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

Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include making the connection in “Internet Birthday” (Oct. 30), and finding an outlet in “Plugging In” (Nov. 9).

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 Oct. 7, 2021)

Census Bureau CISO Among Winners of 2021 CyberScoop 50 Awards

Oct. 20 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced that Beau Houser, the Census Bureau’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), received a 2021 CyberScoop 50 award under the category of Government Leadership.

Census Bureau to Hold Second Status Briefing for National Urban League Plaintiffs
Oct. 12 — The U.S. Census Bureau held a briefing for the National Urban League plaintiffs in the case of NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, et. al., v. GINA RAIMONDO et. al. The Census Bureau agreed in a Joint Stipulation in settling this lawsuit to brief plaintiffs every two months to allow an opportunity for questions and answers regarding the status of census processing, forthcoming data quality metrics, and assessment of released data quality metrics. A final briefing will occur after the release of the Post-Enumeration Survey final results. 
Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin Receives 2021 ICPSR Award

Oct. 7 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced Acting Director Ron Jarmin is the recipient of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 2021 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences. Ron Jarmin is the acting director, deputy director and chief operating officer of the U.S. Census Bureau.  

2020 Census

Census Bureau Releases Final 2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers Report

Oct. 12 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the total number of 2020 Census paid temporary workers that earned any pay Sept. 26–Oct. 2, 2021. The data tables include national totals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Census Bureau regional geography. A weekly number of paid temporary workers for Puerto Rico is also available. This is the final report for 2020 Census temporary workers. Employees classified as temporary were released on Sept. 26, and this final report contains pay that was processed after that date.

Demographic

2020 School Enrollment Data Tables

Oct. 19 — The U.S. Census Bureau released 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.

Economic

Selected Monthly State Sales Tax Collection Experimental Data 

Oct. 15 — The Census Bureau released 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 homepage for more information about the SMSTC.

LED Webinar: Introducing Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer

Oct. 20 — 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.

Facts for Features

Halloween: Oct. 31

Oct. 13 — 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.

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.

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

How Does the Pandemic Affect Survey Response: Using Administrative Data to Evaluate Nonresponse in the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

Written by: Jonathan Rothbaum — Oct. 8 — In its new report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019, 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 2020 as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic affected survey collection. Interviewing for the March portion of data collection began on March 15 (which comprises about 75% of the CPS ASEC sample). To protect the health and safety of Census Bureau staff and respondents, we suspended in-person interviewing and closed the two computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) centers just five days later. For the rest of March and April, we conducted all interviews by phone.  

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include the wheys and means of “American Cheese Month” (Oct. 5), and running the numbers in “Summing Up” (Oct. 11). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.

Resources

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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