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Two errors were recently found affecting the 2008 ACS 1-year data and the 2006-2008 ACS 3-year data for household kitchen facilities and telephone service. The errors involve the last two items in Question 8 on the housing section of the 2008 ACS questionnaire which asks whether the housing unit has a refrigerator and telephone service (including cell phones). The error involved the incorrect capture of the responses to those items. It affected the estimates of householders who reported no telephone service, resulting in an underestimate of "no" responses, especially for the telephone item, and an increased imputation rate for both items. The impact on the estimate of housing units with complete kitchen facilities (which is based in part on the refrigerator item) is negligible. For the telephone service item, however, the impact is more noticeable. For example, at the national level the percent of households reporting no telephone service in 2008 was 1.8 percent; however, after correcting the data capture error, the percent reporting no telephone service is approximately 2.8 percent. A headnote (including a link to this errata note) is included on all of the affected tables.

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