CENSUS 2000 UPDATES

 
In a December 2002 meeting with the EEOC, we were provided with additional information regarding the contents and data specifications of the 2000 Special EEO File. A major change from the 1990 Census is the form in which the data will be released. The 2000 Special EEO File will consist of 24 data sets, which are not designed for easy use by the general public. The files are to be available in SAS and ASCII formats, so specialized software will be needed for accessing the data. Charles R. Mann Associates, Inc. is developing such software to generate reports for use in affirmative action plans and litigation.

The occupational categories for the 2000 Special EEO File have been revised substantially since the 1990 Census. Data by race and sex will be available for 472 detailed occupations, each of which has been matched to its equivalent 2000 SOC code(s) and assigned to one of the nine proposed EEO-1 categories. (Click here to view the occupation list)

Another new aspect of the Census 2000 Special EEO File is the concept of EEO Areas. These are the geographic units for which information will be made available wherever data for an individual county represents fewer than 50,000 people (and in some instances, fewer than 100,000 people). The Special EEO File will contain data for approximately 400 of these specially constructed geographic areas, each being sufficiently large to meet federal confidentiality requirements. Such EEO Areas include: (1) combinations of contiguous areas within a state, such as counties or parts of counties, (2) cities or places of at least 50,000 persons, and (3) the "balance" or remainder of a county after an EEO Area has already been defined from it. As an example, Hartford County, Connecticut is split into six separate EEO Areas; five of these are specific towns, cities or CDPs (Census Designated Places), while the sixth area encompasses all the remaining portions of the county. Note that data for a specific single county may no longer be available; EEO Areas from more than one state may need to be combined to create the desired area; and some of the 1999 revised Metropolitan Statistical Areas do not match previously-used definitions. [check back for a complete list of the new MSA's]

We will continue to update this section with news about the 2000 Census data as it becomes available.
 
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