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November 15, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(20):1708-1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460046012

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Recent inquiry at the Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce, revealed a situation of importance to all who depend on the statistics and analyses based on the decennial census of the United States. The Bureau of the Census, from decades of experience in collecting and preparing data to meet the constantly increasing demand for authentic statistics, has endeavored to anticipate these needs by assembling more complete and comprehensive basic statistical information in each succeeding census. The 1940 decennial census has been completed. Those who depend on the census tables and analyses in their work await the census publications which they require. Vast amounts of newly gathered information now await the necessary processing by the Bureau of the Census before this information can be made available for general distribution. These data may have serious bearing on preparedness programs and projects.

Information from the Bureau of the Census indicates that many

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