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Migrants on buses sent to blue states as a protest by Texas and Arizona governors have disembarked in states such as Georgia and Tennessee, drawing protests from Republican lawmakers.

Since April, thousands of migrants have arrived by bus in New York City and Washington, D.C., sent north by Republican governors in Texas and Arizona - but increasingly, the migrants are hopping off the buses in red states along the route. Read more»

Most people move during the spring and summer months, but many would-be movers stayed put this May and June amid higher interest rates and rising rents, and exurbs saw more people move in as other areas experienced an outflow. Read more»

Investors have bought up rental homes, especially in Black and Hispanic suburbs in the Sun Belt, causing drops in home ownership.

Investors bought nearly a quarter of U.S. single-family homes that sold last year, often driving up rents for suburban families in the process - with investors buying 31% of single-family homes in Arizona during 2021, a 76% change from 2020. Read more»

Hamstrung by a shortage of workers, energy-producing states had the largest declines in GDP in the early months of this year.

Despite skyrocketing oil and gas prices and amid worries about a possible recession, energy-producing states had the biggest drops in gross domestic product as companies are still struggling to bring back workers and rigs that were idled early in the pandemic. Read more»

Wes Oswald holds petitions as part of the 2021 launch of Invest in AZ.

Because of the pandemic, there are fewer people on the streets to gather signatures, and the labor market has raised costs to hire signature gatherers. That makes it tougher for grassroots campaigns to get petitions signed without help from moneyed donors. Read more»

The census review won’t help with issues such as college students living in private rentals that are not classified as dorms—a common problem for college towns that complained of low counts.

The U.S. Census Bureau will allow local governments to ask for reviews of institutions counted in the 2020 census after problems with institutional counts for places such as college dorms, nursing homes and prisons have drawn 34 detailed complaints. Read more»

Most companies expect workers to be remote about 30% of the time after the pandemic, though the national rate has been 'stalled' around 40% since last fall.

Nationally, people were working remotely about 39% of the time as of April, after peaking at around 62% in mid-2020, and the new realities are likely to untether labor from centralized workplaces and blurring the boundaries between work and home. Read more»

The number of people identifying as more than one race nearly doubled between 2010 and 2020.

The number of Americans who identified as more than one race nearly doubled to 13.5 million people between 2010 and 2020, and did double or more in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Read more»

Hundreds of thousands of women have returned to the workforce in recent months.

The pandemic “shecession” is fading as more women return to jobs across the country, aided by new workplace flexibility that could lock in future increases in female employment. Read more»

Arizona State University in Tempe, one of the college towns where the U.S. Census Bureau has offered to review counts of students, along with prisons and other institutional living quarters, that have been miscounted in confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many cities and states say the 2020 census wildly underestimated their residents, costing them significant money for the social services and infrastructure their areas need - and while the Census Bureau has created programs to fix the errors, many say they are not sufficient. Read more»

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas - but the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic. Read more»

Despite school reopenings, it remains hard for parents of small children, especially mothers, to stay in the workforce.

Many parents thought school reopenings this year would free them to return to the workforce, but that prospect has been delayed again and again as waves of coronavirus variants have sent children home after classroom exposures or illnesses. Read more»

Army  Capt. Jason Webb, right,  and Army Capt. Corrine Brown, left, critical care nurses with the 627th Hospital Center, prepare to move a COVID-19 positive patient. The National Guard has be called in to help with hospital staffing shortages in many states. Retirements of frontline workers such as nurses have added to shortages around the country.

As a shortage of frontline workers has vexed states and cities throughout the pandemic, workers who have a lot of contact with the public—such as police officers, nurses, school bus drivers and retail store workers—retired and left the workforce in high numbers last year. Read more»

This year’s redistricting of state legislatures is shaping up as extremely partisan across the country, and despite winning the presidency and the U.S. Senate in 2020, Democrats did not make much headway in reversing the GOP’s dominance of state legislatures. Read more»

In an acknowledgement of pandemic-related disruptions, the Census Bureau recently announced it would review its count of people living in institutions such as college dormitories, prisons and nursing homes.

Starting this week, communities that think they were undercounted can file challenges with the U.S. Census Bureau - but the so-called Count Question Resolution process only allows cities to challenge mapping mistakes that mistakenly placed people outside of city limits. Read more»

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