Census Figures Readjustment
Secretary Mosbacher spoke about potential adjustments in the 1990 U.S. Census count. A survey conducted by the Census Bureau found… read more
Secretary Mosbacher spoke about potential adjustments in the 1990 U.S. Census count. A survey conducted by the Census Bureau found that the 1990 Census may have been underestimated by as much as five million people. The census numbers are used to determine the allotment of federal funds to states as well as congressional seats for each state. Several states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, are expected to lose seats according to the 1990 Census count, while the states of Texas, Florida, and California are expected to gain seats. However, an adjustment in the census count could change these determinations. Mr. Mosbacher spoke about the necessity of the census as a representational measure and the need for conclusiveness in deciding whether or not to alter the 1990 count. His final conclusion was to not alter the initial reports of the 1990 Census. He then answered questions regarding the accuracy of the counting procedures and the potential racial bias in the decision not to use the revised figures. close
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- Michael Darby Undersecretary Department of Commerce
- Charles Jones Associate Director U.S. Census Bureau
- Robert Mosbacher Secretary Department of Commerce
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