Census Data Released: A Few Data Notes – Say Ahhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog

As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, the Current
Population Survey (CPS)
  was released today. (Not a whole lot of happy
news in there – check out Joan’s statement for details.) Before you start
digging in too deeply, we wanted to flag a few things about the data:

  • State-by-State Data – Everyone (including a slew of
    reporters on the release call) are dying to know: “what does this mean for my
    state?” Well, while the CPS does provide some state estimates, they’re 2- or
    3-year averages and the Census Bureau recommends  (as do we) that you
    wait until next week for the release of the American Community Survey (ACS) data before trying to answer that question.  We’ll be back with details on what those data say on the
  • Trends – If you’re looking at the CPS for national
    trends, be aware that Census Bureau has made some changes to the way they
    process the data (basically attempting to better estimate coverage for
    non-responders). Luckily, they’ve implemented these changes in the historical
    tables back to 2000, so just be sure you’re using the versions posted today and
    not data you had on file from prior years. And if you want a bit more
    explanation on the changes, Matt Broaddus, the data guru we often turn to at
    the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, released a brief last week
    that provides it.

Good luck with your data diving. And, as always, let us
know if there’s anything we can do to help.

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