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Pandemic petition woes derail candidates, ballot initiatives

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»0

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Census Bureau to review potential miscounts of institutions

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»0

As remote work persists, cities struggle to adapt

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»0

Multiracial residents are changing the face of the U.S.

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»0

As women return to jobs, remote work could lock in gains

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»0

The census missed some folks. These cities want them counted.

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»0

The pandemic prompted people to move, but many didn’t go far

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»0

Working parents face continued chaos despite reopened schools

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»0

Retirements cut ranks of scarce frontline workers

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»0

GOP uses redistricting to retain outsized statehouse power

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»0

Census recounts fail to account for COVID chaos, cities say

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»0

Price jumps prompt pocketbook policies in states

Wages are high, jobs are plentiful and more than a third of states cut taxes in the past year as their revenues soared - yet the highest inflation spike in three decades has many policymakers digging for ways to ease the strain on families’ pocketbooks.... Read more»0

There are more jobs than jobless people in 42 states

A record number of job openings and fewer workers to fill them have left 42 states with more available jobs than people looking for work, according to a Stateline analysis of federal statistics from August, the latest available. ... Read more»0

Bipartisan commissions cause redistricting pain for Democrats

State redistricting commissions, largely pushed by Democrats as a brake on political gerrymandering, now are preventing the party from capitalizing on the past decade’s population boom among city dwellers and minorities, who traditionally vote Democratic. ... Read more»0

Afghans steered to states with 'help wanted' signs, pro-immigrant bent

While a handful of state leaders have raised objections, most states are welcoming families fleeing Afghanistan, and those attitudes are influencing where the U.S. government, working with local nonprofits, resettles the 95,000 Afghan evacuees expected this year and next. ... Read more»0

In-person workers are slow to return to jobs, data shows

Most states have not regained the jobs they lost during the pandemic, and though some employers are paying higher wages or offering other incentives to lure back workers, but that may not be enough if employees to return.... Read more»0

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