New Census Requires Citizenship Disclosure
March 27, 2018
Commerce Department announces that 2020 census will ask respondents about citizenship; Consumer confidence reaches 127.7 in March vs expectation of 131; S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Prices: All 20 Cities Up Year Over Year.
- Commerce Department announces that 2020 census will ask respondents about citizenship. The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens, the Commerce Department said on Monday night. In a statement released on Monday, the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, said that the reinstatement of the citizenship question was necessary to provide “complete and accurate census block level data” and allow the department to accurately measure the portion of the population eligible to vote. However, the decision provoked a legal challenge. Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, plans to sue the Trump administration over the decision, a spokeswoman for Mr. Becerra said late Monday. Critics of the change and experts in the Census Bureau have said that with a fiery immigration debate, the inclusion of the citizenship question may prompt immigrants in the country illegally not to respond, resulting in a severe undercount of the population and inaccurate data for government agencies and outside groups relying on the census. The Justice Department had requested the change in December, with the argument that asking participants about their citizenship status in the census would help enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. [NYTimes]
Economic Indicators & News
- Consumer confidence reaches 127.7 in March vs expectation of 131. U.S. consumer confidence decreased in March, falling below expectations and interrupting a two-month streak of gains in confidence. The Conference Board’s measure of consumer attitudes on current and future economic conditions decreased to 127.7, below expectations of 131 from a survey of Reuters economists. The consumer confidence level fell in March after hitting an 18-year high in February, mostly due to outlook on business conditions. The outlook was less optimistic about current business conditions, in addition to their prospects in the next six months. The index takes into account Americans’ views of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next six months. [CNBC]
- S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Prices: All 20 Cities Up Year Over Year. The S&P Dow Jones Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, indicated on Tuesday that home prices continued to rise across the country over the last 12 months. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 6.2% annual gain in January, down from 6.3% in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 6.0%, not changed from the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted a 6.4% year-over-year gain, up from 6.3% in the previous month. Seattle, Last Vegas, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gain among the 20 cities. [Business Insider]