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Baby Boom Has Gone Bust

Tom Silva | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Silva

One unexpected side effect of economic hard times is a sharp decline in birth rates. In Illinois, for example, the birth rate has fallen to its lowes...

Job Openings Rise For First Time Since April

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Job openings are rising modestly, a sign that employers may step up hiring soon. But rising openings in the past year haven't redu...

Hawaii County Files Trespassing Charges Against Census Worker Russell Haas

AP | MARK NIESSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU — In these divisive times, Census worker Russell Haas has come to expect some resistance when he goes door to door to count the residen...

High Response Rate Saves Census $1.6 Billion

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the 2010 census nearly finished, the government said Tuesday it will save $1.6 billion in the cost of the U.S. population coun...

Census Workers: Stemming the Jobless Flood

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Some of the estimated 700,000 Census Bureau workers, who are "about to be out of work" because their temporary jobs have ended, may actually have been handed a golden opportunity to reinvent themselves.

Anti-Government Texas Region Worries About Being Undercounted In Census

Houston Chronicle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ALPINE, Texas -- Perhaps only in southern Brewster County -- where the land is harsh, the libertarian fevers run hot and the missing refinements of c...

The 2010 Census: Steady Progress

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, one of the committees charged with oversight of the census, I am committed to ensuring an accurate count and protecting the integrity of the Census.

Census Workers Prep For Door-To-Door Count

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — It sounds simple enough. Knock on some doors, ask some questions, get some answers. But for the more than 600,000 people going door-...

Census Has Computer Problem

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LOS ANGELES — A computer system that the Census Bureau needs to manage its door-to-door count of the U.S. population remained buggy and prone to...

Tales From the Census Trail: Blame the Interns

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

No one makes friends with their Census taker.

Number of Vacant Homes in U.S. Hits 19 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The number of vacant homes in the U.S. increased to 19 million in the first quarter 2010, reported the Department of Commerce's Census Bureau. In add...

Chicago Population Grows As Fewer Can Afford To Leave

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's population grew by roughly 21,000 people in the year between July 2008 and July 2009, but perhaps not for the reasons we might like. Due t...

2010 Census Return Rate Hits 72 Percent, Matches 2000 Census Return Rate

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's down to the wire: With a few days left before final mail-in results are tallied, nearly three-fourths of U.S. households have ...

Tales From the Census Trail: Training Week, Training Wreck

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
KT Boyle

Our Census trainer Miss Trudy, bless her heart, managed to inadvertently offend every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in two days of training.

Census Makes #LastDayCensus Push

Steve Jost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Jost

We're making a last big push right now to get people to return their 2010 Census form by today, the last day to submit Census forms by mail before census takers start doing door-to-door visits.

Tales From the Census Trail: Know Your Rights

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

Don't be fooled: many people will take advantage of Census 2010 to conduct improper interviews, canvas houses, or to strike up a friendly conversation with the cute guy living at Apartment 31B on University Avenue. (Harold, call me.)

Tales From the Census Trail: Lara's Bit

Lara Janson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lara Janson

In this day and age, why is 'Negro' included as a race on the 2010 Census form? I hope to explore this and many more issues as my training as a Census Bureau Crew Leader begins.

Tales From the Census Trail: Count Us in!

Lara Janson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lara Janson

We're your friendly District Census Takers for the 2010 Census, and it's taken us exactly one full-recession year to give up our dreams of real, meaningful employment and join ranks with the thousands of Americans in need of a part-time government temp job.

Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

Last week Robert J. Samuelson wrote an ill-conceived column in The Washington Post, which among other things said the Obama administration's developme...

Census Jobs Boost Employment Numbers

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — As census workers gear up to count us, they are counting themselves lucky to be employed. This once-a-decade temporary work force ...

Obama Census Choice: African-American

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama ga...

Karamel Sutra Obama Causes a Stir

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

The White House confirmed today that Obama checked only the "Black, African Am., or Negro" box on his 2010 Census form.

More Than 100 Census Takers Have Been Assaulted Or Attacked This Month

Washington Post | Ed O'Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 113 census takers have been the victims of assaults or attacks this month, the U.S. Census Bureau said late Wednesday. In response to inq...

The 2010 Census: A 10 Minute Investment in Denver's Future

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Afton Branche

For the first time in decades, Denver County was the fastest-growing county in the metro area, clocking in at an estimated 610,000 residents.

College Students Fly Below Census Radar

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Until he took a statistics class on it this spring, Christian Reyes barely knew what the U.S. Census was, much less that he has a legal obligation to ...