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Tip Sheet Number 20 — October 7, 2022

Press Release Number TP22-20


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 U.S. Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Census.gov Security Updates

The Census Bureau is updating some security features on census.gov. Public users with outdated browsers may experience issues connecting with the site and applications. To avoid any issues, users should update their browsers to the most current version. Users may also need to update their operating system if it doesn’t support the latest browser version. The Census Bureau is alerting the public through social media and a banner on its website. Our call centers will also have information to help any users who experience issues. (Scheduled for October 11.)

2020 Census

Tribal Consultation in Anchorage, AK on Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A and B (Detailed DHC - A and Detailed DHC - B)

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold an in-person Tribal Consultation for tribal leaders, their designated tribal representatives and/or proxies on the content and design of the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) and Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File B (Detailed DHC-B) on Tuesday, October 18, 1-3 pm AKST, at the Fireweed Conference Center in Anchorage, AK. The Detailed DHC-A will provide population counts and sex by age statistics for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages, and the Detailed DHC-B will provide household type and tenure information for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. These data were previously included in the 2010 American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF). (Scheduled for October 18.)

2020 Island Areas Censuses Demographic Profiles

The Census Bureau will release demographic profiles for the U.S. Island Areas: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The demographic profile will provide basic demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics for each Island Area and lower levels of geography. More information is available on the 2020 Island Areas Censuses Data Products webpage. (Tentatively scheduled for release October 20.)

Tribal Consultation in Sacramento, CA on Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A and B (Detailed DHC - A and Detailed DHC - B)

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold an in-person Tribal Consultation for tribal leaders, their designated tribal representatives and/or proxies on the content and design of the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) and Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File B (Detailed DHC-B) on Monday, October 31, 8:30-10 am PST, at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. The Detailed DHC-A will provide population counts and sex by age statistics for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages, and the Detailed DHC-B will provide household type and tenure information for detailed American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. These data were previously included in the 2010 American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF). (Schedule for October 31.)


Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new tables from the 2020 and 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. These tables provide information on marital status, educational attainment, employment status, occupation, earnings, and other social and economic statistics by age and sex and Hispanic origin, and for the Asian alone, Asian alone-or-in-combination, Black alone, Black alone-or-in-combination, older and foreign-born populations. For the first time, these products will also contain information on coupled households, including estimates on same-sex and opposite-sex married and unmarried partner households for these populations. (Scheduled for release October 31.)

School Pulse Panel

The 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 mode offered, learning loss mitigation strategies, staffing levels, safe and healthy school mitigation strategies, use of technology and more. To learn more, visit the School Pulse Panel webpage.

Household Pulse Survey

The experimental Household Pulse Survey is an effort by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to provide near real-time data on how the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in social and economic conditions are affecting people’s lives to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Data collection for phase 3.6 is planned to begin Sept. 14 with data dissemination, including detailed data tables and public use data files, on a monthly basis (Scheduled for release October 5, October 26 and November 29, 2022.)   


“Impacts of the Pandemic Recession and Re-Employment in Oregon”

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 will present the webinar, “Impacts of the Pandemic Recession and Re-Employment in Oregon.” The acute onset and depth of the COVID-19 pandemic recession was unlike anything seen previously in Oregon. What had been a healthy economy lost 286,000 jobs over two months. The impacts were not evenly distributed with in-person, service-based sectors experiencing significantly higher rates of job loss. Two years after the pandemic recession, Oregon’s labor market experienced a remarkable turnaround. A rapid jobs’ recovery brought unemployment near record lows again. This webinar covers how these large and relatively fast swings in Oregon’s economy have impacted different sectors and workers across different demographics who lost and found jobs. (Schedule for October 19.)

2021 Annual Business Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed data tables from the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS) covering reference year 2020. 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. Data will also include the new urban and rural classification of firms. Previously, first-look estimates for the 2021 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 November 10.) 

Business Trends and Outlook Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched 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 allow greater insight into the state of the economy by providing continuous, timely data for key economic measures every two weeks. Data collection began mid-July. Data will be released biweekly and available by sector, state and the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas.

Monthly Business Formation Statistics

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 October 13 and will include September 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.

  • National Nut Day: October 22, 2022 
  • The Incandescent Light Bulb: October 22-23, 2022 
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 29, 2022

Recently Released

(Released since September 23, 2022)

U.S. Census Bureau Data Help Hurricane Ian Efforts

October 3 — Demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau are available on the areas impacted by Hurricane Ian. Data tools, such as OnTheMap for Emergency Management, offer demographic data on real-time emergency event areas, comprehensive reports, a historical event archive plus flexible analyses and visualizations. Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition offers users the ability to create a region and analyze comprehensive demographic/economic data in a map or report.

Census Scientific Advisory Committee 2022 Fall Virtual Meeting

The U.S. Census Bureau hosted the Census Scientific Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting Sept. 29-30. Experts and representatives of various organizations from across the nation attended the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations and innovative processes. 

2020 Census

2020 Census County- and Tract-Level Operational Metrics

October 6 — For the first time and in response to stakeholder interest, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 Census operational metrics for counties and tracts. The Census Bureau had previously released substate summaries for each state showing the variation and spread in the range of the metrics among localities within each state. The release provides the same metrics as the substate summaries but for individual counties and a subset of those metrics for individual tracts. Operational quality metrics can provide important information about the quality of the census by looking at how the census obtained a response for each address. To produce these local-level metrics, the Census Bureau is using the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System, based on differential privacy, to protect the privacy of respondents and the confidentiality of their responses. This is the same system used for all 2020 Census data products. Spanish

2020 Census Evaluations and Experiments (EAE)

The Census Bureau released a series of reports designed to assess the quality of 2020 Census programs and operations and test new methods suggested from previous research. These studies included evaluations, experiments, operational assessments, quality control profiles and a topic report. Conclusions and recommendations will play a key role in the design, research, testing and implementation of the 2030 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

New Income and Poverty Reports Released from 2021 American Community Survey

October 6 — The U.S. Census Bureau released new income and poverty briefs from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates and years prior. These briefs analyze changes in median household income and poverty rates for the nation, states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the most populous metropolitan areas between 2019 and 2021.


2018-2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation Poverty Report

September 29 —The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report on poverty statistics from the 2018-2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). This report provides monthly, annual, episodic and chronic poverty rates over the 2017-2019 period. The SIPP is a nationally representative panel survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information on the short-term dynamics of employment, income, household composition and eligibility for and participation in government assistance programs. More information on the SIPP survey is available on the Census Bureau’s website

American Housing Survey: 2021

September 29 — The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau released products from the 2021 American Housing Survey (AHS). The AHS Table Creator was released with new 2021 estimates. The Table Creator is an interactive data tool that allows users to create custom tables of housing and demographic estimates for the nation, 25 metropolitan areas and selected states. The 2021 AHS public use file is available. The public use file is a microdata file containing individual survey records that allow users to create their own tabulations.


Annual Survey of School System Finances First Look

October 4 — The U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary data from the 2021 Annual Survey of School System Finances. The data provide initial insight into spending per public school pupil (pre-K through 12th grade), as well as revenue and other school system spending details in 40 states and the District of Columbia. This release also includes a data visualization that compares these data to prior years.

Manufacturing Week

October 3 — The U.S. Census Bureau began a weeklong celebration of the manufacturing sector’s importance and vast economic contribution to the nation. The week is designed to coincide with and culminate on Manufacturing Day, held annually the first Friday in October since 2011, to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and spur interest in manufacturing careers.

2020 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

September 29 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) data in the Census API, on data.census.gov, on the BDS website and in the BDS Explorer. The BDS is an annual time-series — covering the years 1978 to 2020 — and provides measures of business dynamics (such as job creation and destruction, establishment births and deaths, and firm startups and shutdowns) for the economy overall and aggregated by establishment and firm characteristics.

Business Dynamics Statistics Explorer Tool

September 29 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) Explorer, version 1.22.1. BDS Explorer provides access to the entire BDS dataset via line charts, bar charts and thematic maps. The application's intuitive dashboard allows for the construction of tables and charts to compare and rank measures of business dynamism. The 1.22.1 release will now allow measures to be compared side-by-side. The application’s URL will also save visualization settings for easy sharing. More information about BDS Explorer is available on the BDS Explorer homepage. 

Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) for Puerto Rico

September 26 — The U.S. Census Bureau released Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) for Puerto Rico in the QWI Explorer  <https://qwiexplorer.ces.census.gov/> and the LED Extraction Tool <https://ledextract.ces.census.gov/>. Puerto Rico is the latest partner to join the Local Employment Dynamics Partnership. QWI includes 32 workforce indicators covering employment, employment change and earnings by various worker demographics and employer characteristics. Spanish

Facts for Features

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

September 8 — 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 Hispanic population. Spanish

Halloween: Oct. 31

September 8 — 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.

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 the population. New stories include:

Stats for Stories


Thoughts on Identity and Diversity for Hispanic Heritage Month (part 4)

Written by: Robert L. Santos, Director — October 6 — Chapter 4

This blog post is the second in a series on Hispanic Heritage Month.

To read the last entry in the series, click here. As I continued my education, my views on my identity continued to evolve but the momentum picked up pace. Coming out of high school, all I knew was that I was a Mexican American, besides being an aspiring hippie, and aspiring mathematician who wanted desperately to go to college. Spanish

Thoughts on Identity and Diversity for Hispanic Heritage Month (part 3)

Written by: Robert L. Santos, Director — September 29 — Chapter 3

This blog post is the first in a series on Hispanic Heritage Month.

To read the last entry in the series, click here. In my last blog post, I shared how my family’s history and language began shaping my identity as a young boy, and how environmental factors – specifically early education – contributed to my becoming monolingual. This week, I want to consider my journey of identity as a young Latino through a different lens – the lens of media. It’s illustrated nicely in this photo of my sister and me when I was about 4 years old. Spanish



By the NumbersJoin 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 October spotlight, which includes:

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


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.

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 Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded, free training available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.



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