(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The Census Bureau for the first time ever on Wednesday announced that there would be a delay in releasing five-year data from the American Community Survey, which contains critical information for businesses and government agencies all over the country.
The five-year data is a collection of results from surveys taken between 2016 and 2020.
The data reflects opinions about housing, demographics, the economy, and social issues from Americans in every state, and shows how opinions have changed over time.
December was the original deadline for the data to be released, but the Census Bureau said that it would be delayed by several months and released sometime in March. An update on the progress of compiling the data will, however, be made available in December.
The news of the delay was first reported by The Washington Post, and noted that an official one-year estimate for the 2020 ACS was not released, which they said was a reflection of the pandemic affecting the normal standards for their data.
In the official statement, the Census Bureau said that additional time is necessary to “continue refining” their methodology to ensure that they can minimize any impact of nonresponse bias because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to producing high-quality data. The Census Bureau recognizes the critical importance of the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data, in particular, on government and business decision-making and the need for quality ACS data for that purpose,” the statement reads.