Weekly Reader

Friday, June 26, 2020

Economic Development
According to the US Census, “The U.S. Census Bureau has released its most detailed statistics on the U.S. manufacturing sector in more than two years. The stats come from the newest Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM), which contains info for survey year 2018. The 2018 ASM Summary Statistics table provides data on employment, payroll, cost of materials consumed, operating expenses, value of shipments, value added by manufacturing, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories. To view the infographic of 2018 ASM data and see the leading U.S. manufacturing industries by total value of shipments and payroll. ” Click here for more information.

According to ChmuraEcon.com, Knowing which occupations can be performed remotely—that is, by working from home—is valuable for understanding the future of labor force supply in the post-COVID economy. “Working from home was already becoming more common, but the COVID-19 crisis forced many employers to quickly and drastically alter policies to enable more workers to perform their jobs from home. This “forced experimentation” with remote work may open some employers eyes to the benefits of an increasingly remote workforce. Shopify, for example, announced in May that its 5,000 employees would be allowed to work from home indefinitely. More employers following this example could induce a stark and fundamental shift in the nature of work.” The Longview MSA is included in the data set and shows a Remote Worker Index of 75.96 compared to the Portland/Vancouver index of 105.35 and Seattle’s 117.38. Click here for additional information.

Transportation
The CWCOG has released the final draft of the Transportation Innovations: Preparing for Electric Vehicles and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Plan. The Plan was developed to provide resources to aid future coordination, collaboration, or potential grant applications relating to electric and autonomous vehicles. It is also intended to help to promote local thinking about potential impacts from these new technologies. The CWCOG and other regional partners will use the Plan as a general resource guide for the region moving forward. The plan also begins efforts to implement the Regional Transportation Plan policy that says “install alternative energy fueling stations, including electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, to provide visitors who drive alternative energy vehicles the capability to travel easily throughout the region, increasing access to jobs, services, tourist attractions, and other key destinations.”   As part of the planning effort, staff developed a GIS Siting Suitability Model to assist in the initial process of selecting locations the most suitable charging station locations. Locations of 28 existing charging stations and 93 recommended charging stations are shown on an interactive web map that can be found here – http://arcg.is/H1qi10.

Community Development / Other
According a recent US Census announcement, an additional reminder postcard will be sent to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22 and July 28. The postcard will be a few weeks in advance of initiation of census takers visiting households that haven’t responded. This postcard is an extra communication resulting from the delays of the process due to COVID-19 The mailing is a reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone or by mail. Responding now minimizes the need for census takers to visit homes to collect responses in person. About 61.7% of households across the country have already responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12. Households are encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation packet. When responding, these households are also encouraged to use the Census ID provided in the packet or their street address – not their P.O. box number. For more information, call 844-330-2020 or visit 2020census.gov. To see a revised timeline for the census, visit the 2020 Census operational adjustments page. Please share this in your outreach efforts.

COVID-19

The US Census is collecting information regarding the impacts of COVID-19 through a new Small Business Pulse Survey. Based on responses collected June 14 through June 20, the Small Business Pulse Survey estimates that:

  • 2% of U.S. small businesses have experienced a large negative effect from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 0% of U.S. small businesses believe more than 6 months of time will pass before their business returns to its usual level of operations
  • 0% of U.S. small businesses experienced disruptions in their supply chain in the last week
  • 7% of U.S. small businesses temporarily closed one or more locations for at least one day in the last week
  • 0% of U.S. arts, entertainment, and recreation businesses temporarily closed one or more locations for at least one day in the last week
  • 6% of U.S. mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction businesses experienced decreased operating revenues in the last week
  • 2% of small businesses in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Stat Area have experienced a large negative effect from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 5% of U.S. small businesses have experienced decreased operating revenues in the last week