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What does a census undercount mean for state and local governments?

Those most in need of federal funding could be left out of the census count.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows

Employers added 1.4 million jobs, but that's the fewest since the pandemic began.
A lot of people who were on temporary furlough actually got their jobs back, including those in the retail sector.
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Is it too late to fill out your 2020 census?

Jun 2, 2020
You now have until mid-August to respond to the census if you haven't yet.
The federal government will use census data to distribute almost a trillion dollars in grants and loans.
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Tracing the history of the census, at a time when 2020 operations are suspended

The 2020 census was planning to deploy up to 500,000 census takers to follow up with households that didn't respond online or by mail.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it has suspended census field operations for now over concerns of the census workers and their public interactions amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
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Using familiar faces could eventually open Detroit’s doors for census takers

Mar 25, 2020
The bureau is using workers people know or can identify with for house calls.
Detroit has a large Muslim population, and some imams have been stressing just how much federal funding depends on them taking the census. Above, a billboard advertising the 2020 Census in Arabic.
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Congressional Black Caucus seeks to boost participation in U.S. census

Jul 24, 2019
African American participation in the upcoming census is a topic of concern for some legislators.
Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, speaks about a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government concerning the threat that the 2020 Census will undercount members of the African American community and other minorities across the nation, at the National Press Club on March 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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What does a citizenship question mean for census data and dollars?

Apr 23, 2019
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the 2020 census should include a citizenship question.
Demonstrators rally at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2019, to protest a proposal to add a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
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Census Bureau wary of 2016-style interference

Mar 29, 2019
The U.S. government is worried the same kind of interference that made its way into the 2016 presidential campaign could affect the 2020 census. As a result, the Census Bureau is asking for help from technology and social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter to fight any misinformation campaigns that might target the once-a-decade […]
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The 2020 census is going high-tech and online

Feb 14, 2019
Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every living person in the country. The 2020 head count will be the first U.S. census conducted mostly online. “For more than 200 years, the census has been this pencil and paper activity,” said Issie Lapowsky, senior writer at WIRED. “It’s a really human intensive, really time-intensive process.” […]
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U.S. Census Bureau will be looking to hire field workers in a competitive labor market

Oct 8, 2018
The U.S. Census Bureau says it needs to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to complete the 2020 census. But since the economy is in such good shape, with unemployment down to 3.7 percent in September, that hiring task may be a lot harder than it was back in 2010. And the census faces more […]