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Tip Sheet Number 12 — June 17, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-12

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 mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. Achieving the mission transcends that of conducting the decennial census, the count from which is used to determine the number of seats in the U. S. House of Representatives for each state. The Census Bureau gathers data covering many aspects describing who we are as a nation, including attributes of our people, the nation’s businesses, and even our federal, state and local governments. Visit the Census Bureau Strategic Plan for years 2022 through 2026 to learn how the plan reflects core tenets to inspire innovation and improvement in our work, consistent with our core values of scientific integrity, objectivity and independence as well as equity, diversity and inclusion.

2020 Census

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. 

Event Recognizing the National 2020 Center of Population

The event to recognize Hartville, Missouri, as the center of population of the United States has been postponed to fall 2022 (previously scheduled for spring 2022). The event will include an on-site unveiling of a commemorative survey monument. More details will be available in the coming months. (Scheduled for fall 2022.) 

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.)

Demographic

Census Bureau Releases New Report on Aging in Asia

A new report examines aging trends in Asia compared to other world regions and within Asia. The report, “Asia Aging: Demographic, Economic and Health Transitions,” produced by the Census Bureau’s International Programs Center in the Population Division, addresses the demographic, economic and health transitions that have taken place in Asian countries, while considering the wide diversity of economic development throughout Asia. (Scheduled for release June 21.)

The Census Bureau will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 12-1 p.m., to discuss its proposal for introducing new disclosure avoidance protections on the Current Population Survey Public Use File (CPS PUF) starting in 2023. To ensure that the Census Bureau continues to meet its obligations under Title 13 United States Code (U.S.C.) to protect the confidentiality of survey respondents, it must address vulnerabilities identified that require additional disclosure protection on the CPS PUF. The agency’s proposal seeks to introduce these new protections in a manner that preserves the value of this important resource to a wide range of data users. The Census Bureau is accepting comments through July 15, 2022, at ADDP.CPS.PUF.List@census.gov. A final plan will be announced in September. (Webinar scheduled for June 23.) 

Population Estimates for Nation, States, and Counties by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin and for Puerto Rico by Age and Sex: July 1, 2021

Internet tables and detailed downloadable files will show annual population estimates for the nation, states, and counties by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin and for Puerto Rico by age and sex as of July 1, 2021. (Scheduled for embargo starting June 28 and for public release on June 30).

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 Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to provide near real-time data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people’s lives to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Data collection for phase 3.5 began June 1 with data dissemination, including detailed data tables and public use data files, to be released on a monthly basis. (Scheduled for release June 22, July 20, and August 17.)

Economic

The 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 will host the webinar, “Providing Local Communities with the Data They Need.” The webinar looks at a variety of sources, including U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates and the 5-Year American Community Survey, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, the Northern Ohio Data and Information Service, and the County Fiscal Office data used to publish the 2021 Data Book for Cuyahoga County. The book provides insight into the Cuyahoga County communities and was intended to be used by local governments, community organizations, and others interested in learning more about the community. It can also be used as a resource in preparing grant applications, understanding community changes, and identifying issues to address. (Scheduled for June 22.)

2019 Nonemployer Statistics

The Census Bureau is set to release the 2019 Nonemployer Statistics (NES). This annual series provides subnational economic data for businesses that have no paid employees or payroll, are subject to federal income tax and have receipts of $1,000 or more ($1 or more for the Construction sector). The data consist of the number of businesses and total receipts by industry and are available for over 450 industries at detailed geographic levels, including national, state, county, metropolitan​/micropolitan statistical areas and combined statistical areas. (Scheduled for release June 30.)

2020 State and Local Government Finance

The Census Bureau will release the 2020 State and Local Government Finance Table that details revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings by level of government, including state, local, and state and local figures combined. (Scheduled for release June 30.) 

Small Business Pulse Survey

In April of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau launched the Small Business Pulse Survey to produce crucial data in near real-time on the challenges small business were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After two years of data collection, SBPS has come to a close, but the Census Bureau will incorporate the lessons learned throughout to produce high frequency, detailed, near real-time business data with the new Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS) beginning summer 2022. 

To mark the closing of the SBPS chapter, a series of charts were created that highlight the three indexes that span the entirety of the survey. These indexes offer a numeric representation of one or more questions and provide a view into how small businesses weathered the past two years.

Business Trends and Outlook Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will launch a new survey to measure business conditions on an ongoing basis. The Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS) is the successor to the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS), a high-frequency survey that measured the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic and other major events like hurricanes on our nation’s small businesses.

BTOS experimental data products will be representative of all single location employer businesses in the U.S. economy, excluding farms. These data will provide insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures every two weeks. Data collection is scheduled to begin mid-July. Data will be released biweekly and available by sector, state and the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas.

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 June 14 and will include June 2022 data. 

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.

  • Canada Day: July 1, 2022
  • National Postal Worker Day & Postage Stamp Day: July 1, 2022
  • National Ice Cream Month & Day: July & July 17, 2022
  • World Population Day: July 11, 2022
  • Bastille Day: July 14, 2022
  • 92nd MLB All-Star Game: July 19, 2022
  • Parents’ Day: July 24, 2022
  • Culinarians Day: July 25, 2022
  • Puerto Rico Constitution Day: July 25, 2022
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day: July 27, 2022

Recently Released

(Released since June 3, 2022)

Staff Announcement: Barbara Downs, Evaluation Officer

June 16 — Barbara Downs will serve as the Evaluation Officer (as authorized in the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, Section 313) of the U.S. Census Bureau. Barbara previously spent the past nine years serving as director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program. The Census Bureau Evaluation Officer will be the primary initial point of contact for evaluation activities at the Census Bureau, coordinating evaluation activities across the Census Bureau and developing Census Bureau evaluation capabilities and will be located in the Center for Economic Studies. Beginning July 18, Nate Ramsey will serve as acting director of the FSRDC program.

June 6 — The Census Bureau released the newly designed cloud-based Census Geocoder web application that allows for faster and more efficient processing times. This redesign features a more stable environment with scalable and quicker returns, and an enhanced user experience on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. The Census Geocoder is an address lookup tool that allows businesses, governments and other data users the ability to match addresses to geographic locations and entities with those addresses efficiently and accurately.

June 3 — The Census Bureau has appointed two new members to its Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The panel provides recommendations on the design, operation and implementation of Census Bureau programs. Members serve three-year terms. The new CSAC members are: Jessica Hullman, Ph.D., Ginni Rometty, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University, and Gwynne Evans-Lomayesva, doctoral student, University of Pennsylvania.

American Community Survey

2019 ACS 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Experimental Weights

June 9 — The American Community Survey (ACS) program released a file on its File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site containing experimental weights that can be joined to the 2019 ACS 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) file. The weights were produced using the same methodology used to produce the 2020 ACS 1-year PUMS file with experimental weights. This file will allow data users to compare 2019 and 2020 ACS PUMS data with the same weighting methodology.

American Community Survey Blog Series

Census Bureau experts discussed how the pandemic affected data collection for the American Community Survey in 2020 and other aspects of the survey. (Released periodically in 2021 and early 2022.) 

Demographic

Changes to County-Equivalents in the State of Connecticut to be Implemented This Summer

On June 6, 2022, the Census Bureau announced that this summer, nine planning regions in the State of Connecticut will replace the existing counties in future Census Bureau data products, including the American Community Survey, the intercensal Population Estimates Program, Economic Census, Census of Governments, and 2030 Census. This update is based on a formal request from the State of Connecticut in August 2019 to update the respective geographic areas because of the respective Connecticut counties ceasing to function as governmental and administrative entities in 1960. This change does not apply to future 2020 Census data products that are still being released following the last decennial census.

For more information, including the final Federal Register Notice, visit the Census Bureau website at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/technical-documentation/county-changes.html.

Economic

June 16 — Census Bureau subject matter experts presented data available from several economic and demographic sources. You will learn about the different types of data available in this sector including construction spending, building permits, characteristics of new housing and the demographics aspect of the industry. The session highlights employment statistics from both business and demographic programs. Learn how to find key data and crucial information while discovering gems and resources connected to the statistics. There will be an opportunity to connect with our experts via live chat and during the Q&A segment of the webinar. This webinar is part three of six in a series to help data users discover census data leading up to the launch of the 2022 Economic Census.

June 15 — The Census Bureau announced the launch of a new experimental survey to measure business conditions on an ongoing basis. The Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS) is the successor to the Small Business Pulse Survey, a high-frequency survey that measured the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic and other major events like hurricanes on our nation’s small businesses. The BTOS will increase the scope of the Small Business Pulse Survey to include large single-location employer businesses (those with 500 or more employees). It will provide insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures every two weeks.

June 15 — The U.S. Census Bureau released data from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) covering data year 2020. Tables show the sources of financial assistance requested/received by companies with employees in the United States during the Coronavirus pandemic; use of the financial assistance received; impact on payroll and budgeted capital expenditures; and the use of capital expenditures to fund investment related to social distancing and safety. All data will be available at the national level by 2-digit NAICS industry sector. Sources of financial assistance requested/received will be available for companies without employees.

Facts for Features

June 9 — On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, the most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue, fireworks and parades, flags and backyard barbecues across the country.

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: Cathy Buffington, Nick Orsini and Colin Shevlin — June 15 — In April 2020, the Census Bureau launched two new surveys, the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) and the Household Pulse Survey, to produce near real-time data on the challenges small businesses and households were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Two years of data collection has demonstrated the value of the pulse surveys to a vast set of stakeholders including policymakers, state and local governments, nonprofit and trade organizations, businesses, academia, and the public. The Census Bureau will continue to produce high frequency, detailed, near real-time data for businesses beginning mid-August 2022 under the new Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS). The BTOS will build on the success of the SBPS, using similar methodology to capture key economic data in near real time as well as expectations about future business conditions. BTOS will produce biweekly estimates on a continuous basis, initially for all single-location employer businesses in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico which are the same geographies included in SBPS.

Multimedia

Radio

By the Numbers: Join us each month as we shine a spotlight on notable observances, anniversaries and historical events for the month ahead. Celebrate your state's birthday with fun facts. Explore Census Bureau data through audio, video, infographics and more that we invite you to share.

Check out our June spotlight which includes:  

  • A celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 
  • Several summer-themed observances 
  • State anniversaries and fun facts for KY, TN, AR, WV, NH, and VA 
  • Information on two new data tools that show how the Census Bureau is advancing equity with data  

Stay tuned for our next By the Numbers feature for July.

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.

  • 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.
  • My Tribal Area — Access selected statistics collected for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population from the American Community Survey (ACS).
  • TIGERweb — A web-based system that allows users to visualize our TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing database) data in several ways.

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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