COPAFS is organizing a Working Group focused on reviving the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) at the National Center for Education Statistics. The survey employs a nationally representative sample of full-and part-time faculty and instructional staff at public and private not-for-profit 2- and 4-year institutions in the United States. It is designed to provide data about faculty and instructional staff to postsecondary education researchers and policymakers. The survey was initially conducted during the 1987-88 school year and repeated in 1992–93, 1998–99, and 2003–04. It has been 18 years since it was last administered. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the NSOPF Working Group please send Paul an email at

COPAFS is sponsoring a webinar entitled, “Introducing the DDI Metadata Standards in Support of Transparency in Federal Statistics” and will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:00PM. Dan Gellman (BLS) will give an overview of the DDI and explain how the standard helps with transparency of federal data. Register for the event here.

Upcoming Events

Population Association of America Virtual Congressional Briefing: March 18, 12:00pm ET
“Small Towns/Big Trends: Demographic Insights on Living, Working, and Thriving”

The briefing will feature an expert panel presenting research regarding demographic, economic, health, and environmental challenges and opportunities facing U.S. rural communities from the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (funded by the National Institute on Aging), and the Rural Population Research Network (funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture). More information about the briefing, including a link to register, is available on the PAA home page.

38th Annual NABE Economic Policy Conference: March 20-22
The National Association for Business Economics will hold its Economic Policy Conference in Washington, DC at the Ritz Carlton. More information is available here.

2022 AERA Annual Meeting: April 21-26
The 2022 AERA Annual Meeting will take place in San Diego, CA. The theme is “Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.” For more information, please click here.

77th Annual AAPOR Conference: May 11-13
The 77th Annual AAPOR Conference will take place in Chicago, IL. The conference theme is “Come Together: Advancing Inclusion and Equity Through Data Collection, Measurement and Community.” For more information, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE 2022 FCSM Research and Policy Conference: October 25-27, 2022
The 2022 FCSM Research and Policy Conference has been scheduled for October 25-27, 2022. The conference is being planned as an in-person event at the Washington Convention Center.

Agency Releases

Bureau of Economic Analysis (DOC)

  • On February 25, Personal Income and Outlays, January, 2022 was released. Personal income increased $9.0 billion (less than 0.1 percent) in January. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $19.8 billion (0.1 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $337.2 billion (2.1 percent). Real DPI decreased 0.5 percent in January and Real PCE increased 1.5 percent; goods increased 4.3 percent and services increased 0.1 percent. The PCE price index increased 0.6 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.5 percent.
  • On February 8, US International Trade in Goods and Services, December 2021 was released. The goods and services deficit was $80.7 billion in December, up $1.4 billion from $79.3 billion in November, revised.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (DOJ)

  • On February 24, Criminal Victimization, 2020 – Supplemental Statistical Tables were released. The percentage of persons age 12 or older who were victims of violent crime declined 15%, from 1.10% (3.1 million) in 2019 to 0.93% (2.6 million) in 2020. The prevalence of property crime declined from 7.37% (9.8 million) of households in 2016 to 6.19% (7.9 million) in 2020. Regardless of the victims’ sex, a greater percentage of violent incidents involved male offenders (79%) than female offenders (17%) or offenders of both sexes (3%).
  • On February 10, Stalking Victimization, 2019 was released. About 1.3% (3.4 million) of all persons age 16 or older were victims of stalking in 2019. The percentage of persons who experienced stalking declined from 1.5% in 2016 to 1.3% in 2019. Less than a third (29%) of all stalking victims reported the victimization to police in 2019.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)

  • On February 23, County Employment and Wages – Third Quarter was released. Among the 343 largest counties, 333 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the third quarter of 2021, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,251, a 6.7-percent increase over the year. San Mateo, CA, had the largest third quarter over-the-year wage gain at 27.2 percent.
  • On February 16, US Import and Export Price Indexes – January 2022 was released. U.S. import prices advanced 2.0 percent in January resuming the upward trend recorded over most of 2021 following a 0.4-percent decline in December. The January increase was the largest monthly rise since April 2011. Prices for U.S. imports advanced 10.8 percent over the past year, led by higher fuel and nonfuel prices.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (DOT)

  • On February 15, the December 2021 Transborder Tables were released. Total transborder freight: $1.33 trillion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 8% compared to pre-pandemic 2019, up 24.6% compared to 2020. Freight between the U.S. and Canada totaled $664.2B. Freight between the U.S. and Mexico totaled $661.2B. Trucks moved $827.9 billion of freight, up 7.2% from 2019 and 19.2% from 2020.
  • On February 10, November 2021 US Airline Traffic Data was released. U.S. airlines carried 68.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in November 2021, seasonally adjusted, up 4.5% from October. There were 61 million domestic passengers and 7.1 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in November.

Census Bureau (DOC)

  • On February 24, findings were released from the Educational Attainment in the United States: 2021. The high school completion rate in the United States for people age 25 and older increased from 87.6% in 2011 to 91.1% in 2021. The percentage of the population age 25 and older with associate degrees rose from 9.5% to 10.5% between 2011 and 2021. Between 2011 and 2021, the percentage of people age 25 and older who had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 7.5 percentage points from 30.4% to 37.9%.

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2021.


  • On February 17, it was announced that the first set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) estimates will be released on March 10.

Economic Research Service (USDA)

  • In February, the USDA Agricultural Projections to 2031 were released. Projections cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the sector, such as farm income. The projections are based on specific assumptions, including a consensus macroeconomic scenario, existing U.S. policy, and current international agreements.
  • In February, the Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook: February 2022 was released. The outlook increased the 2021/22 U.S. sugar supply from last month by 45,434 short tons, raw value (STRV) to 14.158 million. Beet sugar production is unchanged at 5.401 million STRV while cane sugar production is raised, all because of Louisiana where production is increased 49,170 STRV to 1.906 million. If realized, total domestic sugar production would be a record high of 9.442 million STRV.

Energy Information Administration (DOE)


Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)

  • On February 22, it was announced that the 29th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:30PM. The lecture will focus on evaluating and addressing biases in non-probability samples. The panelists include Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research, Pew Research Center; Yan Li, professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland; and Jean-Francois Beaumont, senior statistical advisor, Statistics Canada. Panelists will individually present abstracts on the event topic before engaging in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.
  • On February 17, the National Hemp Report was released. Planted area for industrial hemp grown in the open for all utilizations in the United States totaled 54,152 acres. Area harvested for all utilizations totaled 33,480 acres. The value of U.S. hemp production in the open totaled $712 million. The value of production for hemp that was grown under protection in the United States totaled $112 million. Area under protection totaled 15.6 million square feet.

National Center for Education Statistics (DOEd)

  • On February 22, results from the 2020-21 National Teacher and Principal Survey were released. During the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, seventy-seven percent of public schools reported moving classes to online distance-learning formats. Distance learning could include self-paced or real-time learning. Private schools reported using this option at a lower rate (73 percent). A higher percentage of private schools reported moving classes to a distance-learning format using paper materials sent home with students (48 percent) than public schools (41 percent) (tables A-1 and A-2). Eighty-three (83) percent of public school teachers reported that all or some of their classes normally taught in person were moved to online distance-learning formats during the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. Public school teachers in cities and suburbs (86 and 87 percent) reported such shifts at higher rates than those in towns and rural areas (75 and 77 percent).
  • On February 10, the Digest of Education Statistics, 2020 was released. The 56th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)

  • On February 24, Children Living in Households That Experienced Food Insecurity: Unites States, 2019-2020 was released. In 2019–2020, 10.8% of children aged 0–17 years lived in households that experienced food insecurity during the past 30 days. The percentage of children who lived in food-insecure households was higher for non-Hispanic Black (18.8%) than Hispanic (15.7%) children, and higher for both non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic children than for non-Hispanic White children (6.5%). A greater percentage of children with disability (19.3%) lived in food-insecure households compared with children without disability (9.8%).
  • On February 10, Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Coverage: United States, 2020 was released. The percentage of adults aged 18–64 who were uninsured was significantly higher than the national average (13.9%) in Florida (19.5%), Georgia (25.4%), North Carolina (20.3%), and Texas (28.1%), and significantly lower than the national average in California (11.5%), Michigan (6.7%), New York (9.0%), and Pennsylvania (7.7%). The percentage of people under age 65 who were uninsured was lowest in the New England region (3.3%).

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF)

  • On February 16, Science and Engineering Degrees Awarded to Women by Citizenship in 2019 was released. Among U.S. citizens or permanent residents, women earned half of the S&E bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2019, compared with percentages of 41% and 38%, respectively, among female temporary visa holders. At the doctoral level, shares were 46% and 32%, respectively, for women in these two citizenship groups.
  • On February 16, an InfoBrief was released that indicated one-fourth of Federal obligations for R&D are directed to two states: California and Maryland. It is important to note that federal obligations for R&D are far from a monolithic enterprise; instead, funding comes from multiple programs, projects, and activities spread across 15 departments and 18 independent agencies that are diverse in their mission and focus, including agriculture, national defense, health, and general science. Similarly, while $19.2 billion and $17.0 billion—nearly 27% of all R&D obligations across the states—are distributed to performers of R&D in California and Maryland, respectively, the dynamics of all this funding are more nuanced.

Statistics of Income Division (IRS)

  • In February, Statistical Tables for Gift Tax, Filing Year 2020 was released. These tables include total gifts of donor, total gifts, deductions, credits, and net gift tax.
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