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New Census COVID-19 Hub helps guide pandemic recovery

Posted June 10, 2020

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Users can browse state and county stats in interactive dashboards and maps.

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched a new tool — dubbed the Census COVID-19 Hub — designed to help guide the nation as it begins recovery efforts from the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic by providing economic and demographic data.

This new tool leverages Esri’s ArcGIS platform and services like the Living Atlas to present selected data to inform recovery efforts. The information is also available in downloadable databases and data layers that geographic information system specialists can integrate into their own maps and dashboards.

The COVID-19 Hub features data on more than 30 demographic, socioeconomic and housing variables from the Census Bureau’s American Community Services; the number of businesses, employment and payroll from its County Business Patterns survey; and data on self-employed people from its Nonemployer Statistics program.

The hub provides accurate, trusted info officials leading recovery efforts can use to identify vulnerable populations and communities.

The hub also contains data officials can use to help the nation’s businesses bounce back. The Census Bureau provides key stats on nearly every type of business in America; the COVID-19 Hub in particular provides details on 20 selected industries as well as for all businesses.

Owners of businesses and their workers are among groups designated for relief in recovery stimulus packages. The hub can help officials identify areas that may be most affected and need the most help.

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