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USDA Secretary Vilsack says agency will adopt recommendations on diversity

Published: May 2011 / washingtonpost.com

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that his agency would quickly adopt most of the recommendations contained in a two year study that looked at USDA's history of discrimination and its ongoing civil rights failings.

The recommendations range from making the department's rural development programs more accessible to women to appointing a "chief diversity officer" in each of the agency's state offices.


Brooklyn Enclave Helps New York Top Los Angeles as U.S. Diversity Capital

Published: May 5, 2011 / bloomberg.com

New York wrested the title of ethnic- diversity capital of the U.S. from Los Angeles over the past decade, census figures show. That change may be best illustrated in a single census tract in Brooklyn.

The section of Dyker Heights in southwest Brooklyn, long dominated by Italian-Americans, had one of the biggest increases in diversity of any census tract in the nation's most-populous city. The area of 1,133 people has seen an inflow of Asian residents, a group that is helping to transform the profile of New York, along with those of other major municipalities throughout the U.S.


Why 2010 Census Found Fewer Living in NYC and Long Island

Published: May 6, 2011 / examiner.com

Many analysts and government officials have been surprised by the lower than expected 2010 census population counts for Long Island and New York City, and indeed, the entire state of New York. In fact, the Census Bureau itself, in its annual population estimates program, and the Long Island Power Authority, in its annual Long Island Population Survey, appears to have overestimated the New York metro area counties' populations, most likely the result of a steeper than expected increase in the number of residential vacancies, and a steeper than expected decline in the number of illegal/unauthorized residents.  A new Long Island Regional Planning Council report (scroll down to "reports and documents") makes the following points:

In all likelihood, both the Census Bureau's Population Estimates program did not capture the sudden but widespread effect on the region's housing and immigrant populations of the 2007-2010 economic down turn. That is, an increase in the number of housing vacancies, caused by home foreclosures and the departure of low-skilled, mostly undocumented immigrant laborers from abroad due to job declines, eluded the most commonly used survey and forecasting methods.


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