Weekly Reader

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Economic Development
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.1 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, after rising 0.2 percent in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.5 percent before seasonal adjustment. Click here for the full news release.

The Local Investor Network meeting is being rescheduled for March 31, 2019. Watch for additional details.

Transportation
Here is the latest update from the Washington State Transportation Commission. The 2019 Reflections and Recommendations publication is a fairly short read. Click here for the annual report.

Community Development / Other
CENSUS Information – For those experiencing homelessness or who live in ‘nontraditional households,’ the Census Bureau has special procedures, which do not involve a mailed invitation. An explanation of the special processes begins with an understanding of the Bureau’s terminology.

Group Quarters (GQ) is a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement that is owned or managed by an entity or organization providing housing and/or services for residents.

Service-Based Enumeration (SBE) is a subset of GQ, encompassing locations where individuals experiencing homelessness receive services.

Transitory Locations (TL) refer to places where people are unlikely to live year-round because of the temporary, impermanent nature of the location. Transitory locations include places such as campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, hotels, motels, racetracks, circuses, or carnivals.

In all cases, Census Bureau staff will contact the administrators of these locations in advance of the enumeration to explain the process and agree on how the population will be counted.

Group Quarters (including SBE) Advanced Contact takes place between February 3 and March 6. During GQAC, Census Bureau staff will verify the name, location, and Point of Contact (POC); collect an expected Census Day population count; explain enumeration methods to the POC and confirm the best method with the POC; and schedule an appointment for enumeration.

General GQ will take place between Census Day (April 1) and May 29. However, the enumeration of SBE centers for those experiencing homelessness will occur on three days:

March 30 – enumeration at homeless shelters

March 31 – enumeration at soup kitchens, food banks, mobile food vans

April 1 – enumeration at outdoor locations

Transitory Locations Advanced Contact takes place from February 24 and March 21. Like GQAC, the TLAC involves Bureau staff contacting the location and verifying the name, location, and Point of Contact (POC); collecting information on number of units; and scheduling an enumeration appointment for some time between April 9 and May 4.

If you are a GQ/SBE/TL administrator, state, county and city officials have worked to provide the Census Bureau repeatedly with information about all known locations. However, if you have not heard from the Census Bureau, feel free call the CWCOG for a PDF version of the Census Announcement or click here for the Census website.

According to SHRM “Job openings dropped by 364,000 to 6.4 million in December 2019, according to the latest JOLT survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest decreases in job openings were in transportation and warehousing. This was the 22nd straight month that the number of job openings was higher than the number of unemployed job seekers, which is 5.9 million. The first employment report of the new year showed that U.S. employers added 225,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6 percent as more people entered the labor market.”