Shortened census led to an incomplete count in some areas
The early end to the 2020 census has some areas complaining they needed more time to count residents in a chaotic environment of coronavirus shutdowns and storm evacuations.Parts of Louisiana and tribal lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah face the biggest gaps in the pandemic-shortened count. But Manhattan in New York City and parts of New England, Mississippi and North Carolina also fell short of average completion rates. The count in those areas will have to be finished using estimates from administrative records and other techniques.The Census Bureau stopped accepting responses on Oct. 15...
Seattle's median household income soars past $100,000 — but wealth doesn't reach all
For Seattle, the 2010s were marked by the explosive growth of two things: Population and income.Regarding population, the city ended the decade with the distinction as the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. So it seems only fitting that when it comes to income, Seattle should also close out the previous 10-year stretch with a milestone.And according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, Seattle did just that, crossing over into six-figure territory.The median income for the roughly 345,000 households inside Seattle’s city limits hit $102,500 in 2019, up about $9,000 from 2018...
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Editorial: Census Bureau needs more time, and Congress must act fast to make sure everyone gets counted
A pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, and the toxic politics of a presidential election year, have disrupted the taking of the 2020 Census. That’s worrisome for anybody whose life is touched in some way by federal spending — meaning, pretty much everybody. The census is not a quaint tradition or historical artifact; it’s a research project to gather, analyze and certify data that the federal government will utilize for a decade — including for apportionment of congressional seats. The pandemic’s effects could linger for some time, so information from the 2020 Census will be e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Census Bureau releases most detailed data ever on same-sex couples
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage, the Census Bureau has released the most detailed data ever on same-sex couples, married and unmarried, in a move welcomed by LGBTQ activists.“Like with so many other marginalized communities, being able to have this data means so much,” said Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager for Equity California, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. Accurate data helps government organizations and nonprofit groups better serve the unique needs of each community, she said.The new data is part of the Census Burea...
The Mercury News
Booming Amazon looks to fill a record 33,000 US job openings with career event
SEATTLE — Amid high unemployment nationwide, Amazon says it has more U.S. job openings than at any time in its history and will try to fill many of them at its fall career day next week.The Seattle commerce and technology company announced Wednesday that it has 33,000 open corporate and tech roles nationwide, and will hire thousands of hourly workers in its warehouses and delivery systems later this fall.Online retail has boomed during the coronavirus pandemic as many other sectors, including restaurants and hospitality, tourism and physical retail, have been battered. E-commerce accounted for...
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