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Foreign Born Labor Force in Texas, 2009-2022
Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the immigrant workforce in Texas has continued to grow and now makes up a larger portion of the state’s labor force.
CQR and PCGQR Update

On June 30th, 2023, the Texas Demographic Center submitted Count Question Resolution (CQR) and Post-Census Group Quarter Resolution (PCGQR) challenges to the Census Bureau, on behalf of the State of Texas. Both of our challenges focused on the group quarters, and we did not submit housing unit counts for review. For CQR, we submitted a total of 306 census blocks for review, where our data showed higher counts of group quarter facilities than reported by the 2020 Census. For PCGQR, we submitted documentation for 171 group quarter facilities with our record for population counts in 2020. These facilities were located in census blocks where the 2020 Decennial Census reported zero group quarter counts. This inconsistency could be due to the fact that the Census Bureau counted them in a different census block or missed them altogether.

It is important to note that the CQR and PCGQR operation will not change the total population count for the 2020 Texas decennial census. However, if the Census Bureau accepts all or some of TDC’s supporting documentation, it will result in more accurate population counts by census blocks in corresponding communities moving forward. We are unsure when the Census Bureau will provide us with the results of their review, but we will keep you apprised of their decision in the coming months.

Demographic Training Session

Providing demographic assistance to our state agency and local government partners is a routine and important activity for us here at TDC. On July 18th 2023, staff with the Texas Demographic Center and the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER) conducted a training for transportation professionals from across the state at UTSA. Amongst the topics discussed were the importance of demographic inputs for travel demand models derived from TDC and U.S. Census Bureau data, the role that TDC’s population estimates and projections program plays in transportation modeling, and discussions around best practices for future demographic projects.

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We have launched weekly social media posts and introduced our “Viz of the Week” products. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with our newest releases, data visualizations, research findings, and engaging content. Like, comment, and share our posts to spread the word and help us reach a wider audience.

Texas Prepares for Broadband Expansion

TDC staff have participated in conversations regarding the expansion of broadband in Texas. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced that the state will receive $3.3 billion in federal funding for broadband expansion.

The Texas Broadband Development Office is hosting public meetings throughout the state to gather input from communities to share their perspective on the need for high-speed internet service. Some meetings have already taken place; however, there are still several scheduled in August. View the schedule and secure your spot to participate here. If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to participate in their digital survey to provide input.

Californians Continue to Move to Texas

More people moved across state lines in 2021 than in 2019, many to and from highly populated and neighboring states, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s State-to-State Flows analysis. In 2021 the state-to-state migration trend continues, with 107,546 people moving from California to Texas.

2030 Census Webinar Series Set to Begin

Planning for the 2030 Census is underway and the U.S. Census Bureau will launch a webinar series to share updates and lay the groundwork for key components for the next decennial census. The first webinar took place on July 27th and discussed research, testing, and timeline for the census. TDC collaborated with the Texas Census Institute to provide recommendations to the Census Bureau about how to improve the 2030 Census.

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July 2023

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