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Tip Sheet Number 4 — February 25, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-04

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.

The U.S. Census Bureau will host the National Advisory Committee Special Meeting on differential privacy on March 7. The Committee will address strategies for communicating the use of differential privacy for the 2020 Census data products. Additionally, the Committee will provide recommendations for messaging and communication strategies for information data users, of all skill levels, about what differential privacy is, the data protection it provides, the privacy/accuracy tradeoff, and the strengths and limitations of the 2020 Census data products. 

The U.S. Census Bureau will host the Census Scientific Advisory Committee virtual meeting March 17-18. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation are scheduled to attend the meeting to discuss Census Bureau programs, operations and innovative processes.

1950 Census Records Release

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is scheduled to digitally release the 1950 Census population records on April 1, 2022. This release is in accordance with the “72-Year Rule” (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978) that states that after 72 years, NARA is responsible for releasing to the public decennial census records. More information will be made available Census Bureau’s 1950 Census press kit. (Scheduled for release April 1.)

2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release preliminary results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) March 10. It will conduct a pre-release webinar March 3. The webinar will explain the purpose, methodologies and types of PES and DA results that will be made available. A virtual news conference to brief media on the release of the first results will be held March 10. The first release of PES results will provide estimates of population coverage overall and by demographic groups, such as race and Hispanic origin, as well as age groups and sex. DA results will include net coverage error estimates by age and sex. (Scheduled for release March 10.)

Collection of Post-2020 Census Redistricting Plans (Phase 4)

The Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office has invited designated state liaisons from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to provide newly adopted congressional and legislative district boundary plans to the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will use these new boundaries in upcoming data products, set to be released later this year through spring 2023. 

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

The U.S. Census Bureau will offer an embargo period for subscribers to view the 2016-2020 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, featuring more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics such as homeownership rates and costs, health insurance coverage and educational attainment. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning March 15 at 10 a.m. EST.

2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Citizen Voting Age by Race and Ethnicity (CVAP) Special Tabulation

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Citizen Voting Age by Race and Ethnicity (CVAP) Special Tabulation. This special tabulation is created for use in voting rights analysis and will be published down to block-group level geography. It will be posted March 17 following the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data release. (Scheduled for release March 17.)

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

2019 Wealth and Asset Ownership State Level Data Tables

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release Wealth, Asset Ownership and Debt of Households state-level data tables from the 2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These data highlight household net worth estimates at the state level broken down by selected asset and debt categories. These measures include information on home equity and retirement accounts, as well as vehicle debt and credit card debt (Scheduled for release March 1.)

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, and Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2021

Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates, rankings and components of change for counties, Puerto Rico Municipios, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2020 Census. (Scheduled for embargo starting March 22; for public release, March 24.)

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.

Economic

Annual Business Survey: Preliminary Financing Module Data

The U.S. Census Bureau will release preliminary data tables and an infographic from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering data year 2020. Tables will show the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on financing and the credit-seeking activities for businesses in the United States by sex, race, ethnicity and minority status. The infographic will provide statistics on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on 2020 business sales for minority- and nonminority-owned businesses. 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. (Scheduled for release March 22.)

2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop

Registration is now open for the 2022 LED Partnership Virtual Workshop April 5-7. This year’s theme is, “Making Sense of Data in a New Era.” The work of state Labor Market Information (LMI) partners, other data users and U.S. Census Bureau researchers will be highlighted in plenary sessions. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, visit <lehd.ces.census.gov/learning/workshop/2022.html>.

Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 8

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, workplace COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements, supply-chain disruptions, capital expenditures, 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 Phase 8 began Feb. 14, 2022, and weekly releases will begin Feb. 24th and continue for 9 weeks, until April 21, 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 March 9, and will include February 2022 data. 

Facts for Features

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 in 1909, also in New York City, 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 February.)

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.

  • Equal Pay Day: March 15, 2022
  • Certified Nurses Day: March 19, 2022
  • National Poultry Day: March 19, 2022
  • National Agriculture Week & Day: March 20-26 & 22, 2022
  • National Single Parent Day: March 21, 2022
  • 94th Oscars®/Academy Awards: March 27, 2022
  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day: March 29, 2022
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day: March 29, 2022
  • National Doctors Day: March 30, 2022
  • MLB (Major League Baseball) Opening Day: March 31, 2022
  • Community Colleges Month: April 2022
  • NCAA 2022 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Final Fours: April 1-4, 2022
  • Grammy Awards: April 3, 2022
  • National Library Week: April 3-9, 2022
  • National Beer Day: April 7, 2022
  • National Siblings Day: April 10, 2022
  • National Pet Day: April 11, 2022
  • National Volunteer Week: April 17-23, 2022
  • Administrative Professionals Week and Day: April 24-30 & 27, 2022
  • National Kindergarten Day: April 21, 2022
  • Earth Day: April 22, 2022
  • World Book and Copyright Day: April 23, 2022
  • National Telephone Day: April 25, 2022
  • National Arbor Day: April 29, 2022
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 30, 2022
  • Louisiana 210th Anniversary of Statehood (1812): April 30, 2022

Multimedia

Radio

Upcoming segments include “Women’s History Month” (March 2), and “Deadly Influenza” (March 4).

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 Feb. 11, 2022)

Demographic

Feb. 24 — This report and table package provide Current Population Survey statistics on educational attainment by demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. It also includes detailed information, including charts and graphs, on years of school completed and shows the level of education adults have completed.

Feb. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released a report on the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020.” The report builds on detailed tables released in 2021. It 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.

Economic

Feb. 24 — The U.S. Census Bureau released complete local and county estimates of new housing units authorized by permits beginning in February 2022 for reference month January 2022 from the Building Permits Survey (BPS). The monthly BPS was previously limited to coverage representative at the state-level but will now provide complete coverage down to the county/metro level as a result of changes to the way BPS is estimated. For more information about the BPS and the indicators it supports, visit the BPS webpage.

Feb. 16 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute is giving a presentation, “Initial Impact of COVID-19 on Travel, Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Varied Widely Across States and Demographic Groups.” This presentation shows how the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) was used to examine how workers employed in travel, tourism and outdoor recreation across the country were affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data indicate that states with the largest COVID-19 outbreaks (northeastern and mid-Atlantic states) and those with the largest share of tourism jobs (Nevada and Hawaii) were disproportionately impacted at the start of the pandemic. 

Facts for Features

Feb. 9 — 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.

Jan. 25 — 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.

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

Blogs

Written by: Mayumi H. Escalante and Noel Isom-Horner, International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch, Economic Indicators Division — Feb. 15 — Every January and July, the Schedule B is updated with new, 10-digit commodity classification codes approved by the 484(f) Committee. Last month, the Schedule B implemented updates from the 484(f) breakouts as well as changes from the World Customs Organization and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

Written by: Director Robert L. Santos —  Feb. 14 It’s been a busy few weeks since my swearing-in as the 26th director of the U.S. Census Bureau! I’ve enjoyed a four-week tenure and continue to be in “learning mode.” There is so much to know about the Census Bureau, our work with a multitude of stakeholders and clients, and, ultimately, how we achieve a laudable level of excellence in pursuing our mission. I can’t help but smile as I meet employees and hear their stories, experience firsthand the depth and breadth of their expertise, and reflect on how fortunate we are in maintaining and growing a deep bench of professional expertise and leadership.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America segments include “First Presidential Photograph” (Feb. 19) and “First Woman D.D.S” (Feb. 21).

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.

  • Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer — Analyze the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data through interactive charts, maps and tables.
  • Census Poverty Status Viewer — The application includes poverty data for the population for whom poverty status is determined from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
  • 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.

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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