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2020 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product scheduled for release in 2020. These products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

2020 Census

2020 Census Paid Temporary Workers

Each Tuesday, the Census Bureau will release the total number of 2020 Census paid temporary workers that earned any pay. The data tables include national totals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Scheduled for release each Tuesday.)

American Community Survey

Commuting Patterns of Older Workers in the United States, 2013-2017

The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release the report “Commuting Patterns of Older Workers in the United States, 2013-2017” that describes commuting patterns of older workers in the United States, based on data from the 5-year 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Older workers are a diverse group, but understanding how their commuting behavior varies from that of younger workers helps planners and policymakers accommodate the needs of this growing share of the working population. (Tentatively scheduled for release in September.)


Census Bureau Releases New Technical Notes on Select Topics in International Censuses

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing a new technical note on disclosure avoidance as part of the series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses. This brief provides National Statistical Offices (NSOs) with information on types of disclosure events that may occur and outlines the four disclosure avoidance phases that an NSO could go through in a census to ensure good data stewardship. (Scheduled for release Oct. 15.)

School Enrollment in the United States: 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release the report “School Enrollment in the United States: 2018” that examines the characteristics of people enrolled in school at all levels using statistics from the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey. The report outlines the current picture of education in America from kindergarten, first through eighth grade, high school, college undergraduate and graduate students, and discusses how the latest numbers compare with historical levels. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

Household Pulse Survey

The experimental Household Pulse Survey is an effort by the 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 the availability of consumer goods and patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life. The Census Bureau began data collection for phase 2 on Aug. 19. Biweekly results will be available through the Household Pulse Survey Interactive Tool, detailed tables and a public use data file on the website Sept. 9 through Nov. 4, 2020. Phase 2 includes new questions on Social Security benefits, post-secondary education, evictions/foreclosures, mental health services and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and unemployment benefits.


Business Dynamics Statistics

The Business Dynamics Statistics provide annual statistics on establishments, firm startups, and job creation and job loss from 1978 to 2018 by firm size, firm age, industrial sector, state, metropolitan statistical area and county. These statistics provide snapshots of current and historical U.S. entrepreneurial activity and geographic and NAICS industry detail about where jobs are being created and lost in the U.S. economy. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 30.)

2018 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey – Capital Expenditures for Robotic Equipment

New annual data by kind of business that provides additional detail to the national level estimates of measuring investment in machinery and equipment. Capital expenditures for both industrial and service robotic equipment were collected for the first time on the 2018 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES). The new ACES tables provide national-level estimates of capital expenditures for robotic equipment by 2-digit NAICS sector and select 3-digit and 4-digit NAICS industries, and new charts provide national-level estimates by size distribution and by share of firms by size for select 2-digit NAICS. (Scheduled for release Sept. 30.)

2018 State and Local Government Finances Summary Report

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a summary report of the 2018 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances. This survey shows revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings by level of government. Level of government includes state, local and state and local combined. The statistics are organized by state. (Scheduled for release Oct. 1.)

Manufacturing Day

The U.S. Census Bureau will join a group of public and private organizations for the ninth annual celebration of the manufacturing sector of the nation’s economy on Oct. 2, 2020. The Census Bureau releases manufacturing statistics that inform the public, businesses, and policymakers at the local and national level by painting a picture of the state of this important economic sector. There will be a tip sheet with links to data products, infographics, and related stories that use manufacturing data. (Scheduled for release Oct. 1.)

2019 Annual Survey of Public Pensions

The U.S. Census Bureau will release a supplemental unit file and public use file for the 2019 Annual Survey of Public Pension. This file will provide the first-ever detailed actuarial data for State- and Locally-Administered Defined public pension systems in the Annual Survey of Public Pensions. (Scheduled for release Oct. 6.)

New Earnings and Employment Data for College Graduates

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new data on labor market outcomes for college graduates as part of Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO). These new data feature institutions from the City University of New York system, State University of New York system, Pennsylvania State University System and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The PSEO visualization tool will be updated to include these institutions, and feature enhanced search features for specific majors. With this release, PSEO will also be available on the Census API. (Scheduled for release Oct. 15.)

A Preliminary Investigation into the Metro Area Job-to-Job Flows and Earnings Data in the Manufacturing Sector

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 Institute (LMI) presents “A Preliminary Investigation into the Metro Area Job-to-Job Flows and Earnings Data in the Manufacturing Sector.” (Scheduled for release Oct. 15.)

U.S. Census Bureau Releases New, Interactive Monthly State Retail Sales Report

New experimental data product featuring modeled state-level retail sales. This Monthly State Retail Sales (MSRS) report is a blended data product combining Monthly Retail Trade Survey data, administrative data and third-party data. Data will be available for year-over-year changes for Total Retail Sales excluding Non-store Retailers as well as 11 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) retail subsectors. This experimental data product provides data by state and NAICS codes from January 2019 — June 2020. These state-level retail sales dataare often requested by our data users. Advances in both statistical modeling software and access to selected third-party data allow us to produce and release these data as experimental. (First release scheduled Sept. 30 and will continue on a monthly basis.)

Small Business Pulse Survey

The experimental Small Business Pulse Survey is designed to collect real-time data on how small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Phase 2 includes updated content on the rehiring of laid-off or furloughed employees, working from home, use of online platforms to offer goods or services, and changes in capacity of the business. The second phase expands the federal assistance questions to include tax deferrals and credits as well as the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending program, and asks businesses about future program needs. Data are available through the Small Business Pulse Survey Interactive Tool and downloadable files. Results will be released weekly beginning Aug. 20, 2020.

Weekly Business Formation Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing weekly business application data at the national and regional levels in addition to releasing the quarterly Business Formation Statistics (BFS). First released in February 2018, BFS tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional and national levels. The weekly data provide timely and granular information on the state of the economy but appropriate caution is required in interpreting fluctuations since high-frequency weekly data are subject to variation from seasonal factors including holidays and beginning and end of calendar year effects. The Census Bureau will publish the weekly BFS series at the national, regional and state levels each Thursday by 12 p.m. EDT.

Facts for Features

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates back 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. (Scheduled for release in September.)

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release Oct. 1.)

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.

  • Manufacturing Day & Week: October 2, 2020 & September 28-October 2, 2020
  • Fire Prevention Week: October 4-10, 2020
  • German-American Day: October 6, 2020
  • Leif Erikson Day (Nordic-American heritage): October 9, 2020
  • Earth Science Week: October 11-17, 2020
  • World Statistics Day 2020: October 20, 2020
  • National Nut Day: October 22, 2020
  • The Incandescent Light Bulb: October 22-23, 2020
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: October 24, 2020



Upcoming segments include doctors’orders in “Medical Licensing” (Sept. 28) and it’s elementary in “National Chemistry Week” (Oct. 18).

The daily features are available at <>. The menu options allow selection for Profile America and Al Dia, with download options for MP3 and WAV files or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

Recently Released
(Released since Sept. 11, 2020)

Data Challenge Expo Highlights Creative Use of Census Bureau Data

Sept. 18 ― The U.S. Census Bureau is partnering with the American Statistical Association (ASA) for the Annual Data Challenge Expo. Contestants are challenged to analyze the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates using statistical and visualization tools and methods to present their findings at ASA’s Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) in the summer of 2021. The contest is open to anyone interested in participating, including college students and professionals from the private or public sectors.

Census Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting: September 17-18, 2020

The Census Scientific Advisory Committee 2020 Fall Meeting was held on September 17 and 18, 2020. Experts and representatives of various organizations from all over the nation attended the virtual meeting to discuss census programs, operations, and innovative processes.

2020 Census

Operations to Count People Experiencing Homelessness Begins Next Week

Sept. 16 —The U.S. Census Bureau began the special operations to count people experiencing homelessness in communities across the country on Sept. 22. Specially trained census takers counted people Sept. 22-24 at shelters, soup kitchens and mobile food van stops in an operation called Service-Based Enumeration (SBE). Census takers counted people who live outdoors, in transit stations, and at other locations where people are known to sleep in an operation called Targeted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Locations (TNSOL).

Over 92% of Households Counted So Far in 2020 Census

Sept. 15 — Over 92% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census as of today, with 26.6% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 65.9% of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail.

American Community Survey

2019 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

Sept. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released statistics on numerous demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics. These statistics include language spoken at home, educational attainment, commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance coverage. Statistics are available for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Spanish


American Housing Survey: 2019

Sept. 16 — The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau released products from the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS). The AHS Table Creator released new 2019 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 nine states. On Sept. 30, the 2019 AHS public use file and codebook will be available. The public use file is a microdata file containing individual survey records that allow users to create their own tabulations.

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019

On Sept. 15, the Census Bureau released its findings on income and poverty for the nation based on the 2020 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. The report includes statistics pertaining to the 2019 calendar year and compare trends over time. Spanish

Health Insurance in the United States: 2019

On Sept. 15, the Census Bureau released its findings on health insurance coverage. The report includes national-level statistics from the 2020 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey and a table showing state-level coverage for 2018 and 2019 from the American Community Survey. It includes data for the 2019 calendar year and compared it with previous years.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2019

On Sept. 15, the Census Bureau released its findings on the supplemental poverty measure for the nation based on the 2020 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. The report includes statistics pertaining to the 2019 calendar year and compare trends over time.


Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions

Sept. 25 — The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions is a quarterly survey that provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the largest defined benefit public employee pension systems for state and local governments. This survey currently consists of a panel of 100 pension systems, which comprise 88.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2012 Census of Governments.

2019 Annual Business Survey Data Release

Sept. 24 — The U.S. Census Bureau released first look owner characteristics data from the 2019 Annual Business Survey (ABS). The ABS is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation. Additional economic business and owner data are scheduled to be released in winter 2020.

Dispersion Statistics on Productivity (DiSP)

Sept. 23 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a new version of the experimental data product, Dispersion Statistics on Productivity (DiSP,, with information on productivity dispersion in the manufacturing sector. The new version of the DiSP data will provide information on within-industry dispersion in productivity at the four-digit NAICS level for 1997-2016.

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenues: Second Quarter 2020

Sept. 17 — The summary provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at the national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 2 include income and sales data, and Table 3 provides tax collections by state.

Manufacturing Workers Age Profile and Implications for Earnings

Sept. 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 the Labor Market Information Institute (LMI), welcome Patrick Flaherty as he presents “Manufacturing Workers Age Profile and Implications for Earnings.”

Facts for Features

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

Aug. 11 — During this 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 Latino population.


Monthly AES Compliance Reports: What Are They?

Written By: Maritza Torres, Trade Data Collection Branch — Do you receive a monthly Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Report? If so, have you ever wondered why? The easy answer: All AES filers – or someone at their company – receive or should receive this report. The AES monthly report is a key factor to helping you avoid fines, penalties or shipping delays.

Three Cooperative Agreements: Research on Statistical Information

Written by: Paul Beatty, Chief, Center for Behavioral Science Methods (CBSM), Jennifer Hunter Childs, Asst. Center Chief, CBSM and Rolando Rodriguez, Branch Chief, Center for Enterprise Dissemination — Sept. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau, in conjunction with several agency partners, is delighted to announce the award of three cooperative agreements that are focused on disclosure protection for complex sample survey data, analysis of commentary in social media streams and blog postings related to statistical information products and services, and the construction and management of a probability-based online research panel.

Celebrate Constitution Day by Completing the 2020 Census

Written by: Dr. Steve Dillingham, Director — Sept. 17 — I am on the road partnering with state and local leaders to urge communities to respond to the 2020 Census. We kicked our outreach efforts off in Philadelphia, Pa., one year ago, at the National Constitution Center. We chose that location and this day, Constitution Day, to celebrate the fact that our critical mission stems from the Constitution of the United States signed September 17, 1787.

How Does the Pandemic Affect Survey Response: Using Administrative Data to Evaluate Nonresponse in the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

Written by: Jonathan Rothbaum — Sept. 15 — In its new report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau provides estimates of the distribution of household and personal income and poverty. We collected data for this report (and the accompanying microdata and summary tables) in February, March and April of 2020 as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic affected survey collection. Interviewing for the March portion of data collection began on March 15 (which comprises about 75% of the CPS ASEC sample). To protect the health and safety of Census Bureau staff and respondents, we suspended in-person interviewing and closed the two computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) centers just five days later. For the rest of March and April, we conducted all interviews by phone.



Profile Americas segments include a trying to pullet off in “National Chicken Month” (Sept. 18) and staying power in “Centenarians Day” (Sept. 22). Internet address: <>.


Learn What Surveys Are Being Conducted in Your Community

See which of our 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. See surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:

Data Tools

See below for a few of the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive applications to access statistics from our 130-plus annual surveys. Click here for a complete list.

Local Employment Dynamics

This partnership offers a variety of data tools.


QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.


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, show how to use Census Bureau databases and mapping tools and find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level.

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions is available on our Census Academy page. Login details will be provided at least one week before a webinar.

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Educational Resource Library for previously recorded trainings that are free and available at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.


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