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Tip Sheet Number 1 — January 14, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-01

Upcoming

2022 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2022. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

2020 Census

2020 Census Data Processing and Data Quality Blog Series

Census Bureau experts dive deeper into a range of data processing and quality-related topics in a series of blogs. (Scheduled for release periodically throughout 2022.)

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 2022.)

Demographic

The Regular Receipt of Child Support

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release “The Regular Receipt of Child Support: 2017.” The report includes demographic and poverty status data about child support payments received by parents with children under age 21 from their nonresident parents. It also provides data on the receipt of some federal and state assistance programs for these parents. These data come from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation which provides demographic information about parents who received child support and other income or program data for the 2017 calendar year. (Scheduled for release Jan. 18.)

Income Sources of Older Households

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a new report that examines older households’ sources of income, the amounts of this income, and how much each source of income contributes to total income. The report focuses on six types of income (Social Security, Supplementary Security Income (SSI), Pensions and retirement accounts, Property income, Earnings, Other income).  The analysis uses data from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which asked respondents about their income during 2017, and focuses on households where a person aged 65 or over is the householder. Household income is adjusted to account for varying household size and composition. This report also presents estimates of personal income for those aged 65 and over who are living with their adult children. (Tentatively scheduled for release Jan. 31.)

2020 Presidential Election Voting Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a report on the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020.” The report builds on detailed tables released in 2021 and is based on data from the 2020 Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, and highlights patterns in voter turnout over time among the citizen voting-age population (CVAP). (Tentatively scheduled for release in February.)

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, safety and health strategies, use of technology and more. To learn more, visit the School Pulse Panel page.

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. The Household Pulse will shift from biweekly to monthly data collection in Phase 3.3 as current changes in data no longer warrant biweekly data collection and we work to reduce respondent burden. Data collection for Phase 3.3 began December 1. Data will be released Dec. 22, Jan. 19, and Feb. 16. The public-use files for the phase are scheduled for release Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2.

Economic

2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop

The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is welcoming proposals to present at the 2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop that will be held April 5-7, 2022. We will be highlighting the work of our state Labor Market Information (LMI) partners and other data users through plenary sessions. Additional information will be posted to the LEHD website in the coming weeks. Please view this document for proposal guidelines and contact information. The extended deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 21, 2022. 

2020 County Business Patterns: First Look

The County Business Patterns First Look provides preliminary estimates for the 2020 number of establishments, employment for the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll data for 2020 at the U.S. level and the sector level (2-digit NAICS). (Scheduled for release Feb. 8.)

Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 7

The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) is a high-frequency survey that measures the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other major events such as hurricanes, 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 50 largest MSAs and Puerto Rico. Sub-sector and state-by-sector data are also available for download. Data collection for began November 15, 2021. Data were released on Wednesday, November 24, and will continue every Thursday from December 2 through January 20, 2022.

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 Feb. 14, 2022, and will include January 2022 data. 

Facts for Features

National Black (African American) History Month: February

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the Black community. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

Irish-American Heritage Month

Congress designated March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991 and the president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year. Statistics in this release include the number of U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry and the number of foreign-born U.S. residents who reported Ireland as their birthplace. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

Women’s History Month

The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women’s Day celebration in the United States was also in New York City in 1909, but Congress did not establish National Women’s History Week until 1981 to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

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 Spouses Day: January 26, 2022
  • Michigan 185th Anniversary of Statehood (1837): January 26, 2022
  • Chinese New Year: February 1, 2022
  • American Heart Month: February 2022
  • Groundhog Day: February 2, 2022
  • National Women Physician Day: February 3, 2022
  • Mail Carrier Day: February 4, 2022
  • National Weatherperson’s Day: February 5, 2022
  • National Pizza Day & Bagel Day: February 9, 2022
  • Inventors’ Day: February 11, 2022
  • Super Bowl LVI: February 13, 2022
  • Arizona 110th Anniversary of Statehood (1912): February 14, 2022
  • Valentine’s Day: February 14, 2022
  • Singles Awareness Day: February 15, 2022
  • Presidents’ Day: February 21, 2022

Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include the life of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell in “National Women Physicians Day” (Feb. 3), and more about Gallaudet in “College for the Deaf” (Feb. 28).

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

Recently Released

(Released since Dec. 30, 2021)

Jan. 5 — Robert L. Santos was sworn in  as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 26th director, becoming the first Latino person to serve in the role. This appointment follows the U.S. Senate confirmation Nov. 4, 2021, with Santos’ term set to last for five years.

Economic

Jan. 13 — This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, purchases, total operating expenses, and gross margins for retail businesses located in the United States. The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) sample covers employer businesses classified in the retail trade sector located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ARTS excludes data for businesses located in the U.S. territories. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System basis and the estimates are used to benchmark the monthly retail sales and inventories estimates each spring.

Dec. 20 — The U.S. Census Bureau released Snapshot of Service Industries: 2020. This brief presents revenue and expense estimates at the sector and subsector levels published in the 2020 Service Annual Survey. Data are based on the 2012 North American Classification System (NAICS). 

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:

Stats for Stories

Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the 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.

Blogs

Written by: Randy Becker, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau — Jan. 3 — U.S. Census Bureau economists are set to present at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association (AEA) and Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) scheduled to be held virtually Jan. 7–9. More than 13,000 economists and other social scientists from around the world are typically expected to attend the conference that showcases the latest research in economics.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include a look at “Prohibition” (Jan. 16), and the first “Canned Beer” (Jan. 24).

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

Resources

Emergency Management/Disaster Resources

When major disasters strike, visit our Emergency Management Page to get demographic and economic data on 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 the U.S. Census Bureau’s 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. Learn more about 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.

  • International Database (IDB) — Find demographic indicators, population pyramids, and source information for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.
  • Developers — Developer portal to access services and documentation for the Census Bureau’s APIs.
  • Rural America: A Story Map — Using ACS and decennial census data these interactive web maps, tables, information, and images help explain how the Census Bureau defines “rural.”

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, free trainings available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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