Census Workshops

The Puget Sound Regional Council, in conjunction with the Census Bureau, conducted two online workshops in May and June on the Economic Census, privacy issues, data tools, and 2020 Census updates.

  • The May 20 session focused on Economic programs and tools. There are a lot of new and exciting updates and changes within the Economics area.
  • The June 2 session focused on other informative topics such as Differential Privacy and how that will affect the 2020 Census Data, the replacement for American FactFinder – data.census.gov, and an update on activities within Washington state for the 2020 Census. 

Agendas and Presentations

May 20, 2020 – 9:00am -12:00pm

Presented by:  Andy Hait, Earlene Dowell, and Lynda Lee

Session 1: An Update on the Economic Census
This session will provide an update on the data being released from the 2017 Economic Census (EC).  The update will focus on the local area data currently being released for the Pacific Northwest, Washington, and the Puget Sound region, but it will also provide a preview of the North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) and business size data coming this fall.  These data are all being released on the Census Bureau's new data.census.gov platform, so this session will also provide some key tips (and a live demo) to help make accessing these EC data (and our other Census business data) easier.
Session 2: New Census Business Programs and Data Resources
With all the challenges businesses (and our economy) face today, reliable data that can help guide decision making is even more important then ever before.  This session will provide an overview of some brand new business programs at the Census Bureau.  This includes the new weekly Business Formation Statistics program that provides key information on start-ups, as well as the new Small Business Pulse Survey that hopes to provide critical data on the impact of COVID-19 on business.  Finally, the session will also provide an update on the new Annual Business Survey, which replaces the Survey of Business Owners and Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.
Session 3: What's New in Key Census Bureau Data Tools
This session will provide an update on the updates recently made to some key Census data tools and what's coming soon.  The January 3.0 release of Census Business Builder will be focused on, including the new data and functionality added, as will the plans for the August 2020 3.1 release.  The Bureau's new Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) Explorer tool will also be covered, including a demo of this new tool and updates on what's coming soon.  Finally, a recap of the latest updates to the new data.census.gov platform will be discussed, including features that improve access to Census business data.

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June 2, 2020 – 9:00am -12:30pm

Session 1: Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census
The Census Bureau is adopting a new methodology based on differential privacy to protect the confidentiality of 2020 Decennial Census data. This session will explain the reasons for the change, what differential privacy is, and how it may impact your uses of 2020 Census data.

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Session 2: Exploring data.census.gov
Not sure how to start searching for data on data.census.gov, the Census Bureau's new dissemination platform? Join us for a tour of the new site. In this session, you will learn tips and tricks for effective searches as well as how to download, customize, and map data on data.census.gov.

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Session 3: 2020 Census:  An update about operations and the partnership program in light of the COVID-19 virus
Representatives from the Census Bureau will provide an update on 2020 Census operations in the state of Washington as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  In addition, we will discuss what the partnership program has been doing to continue throughout the region.  Details about the self-response rates from relevant Puget Sound counties and the state will also be provided.  The session will also describe state-funded outreach in the Puget Sound area.

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