# Margin of Error for 'Total Minority Population'

My organization calculates what we call the "Total Minority Population" by substracting the estimate of people that are Not Hispanic or Latino & White alone from the Total Population. I am familiar with generating MOEs for derived estimates when I aggregate data and when we created percentages and proportions, but I have not had to do this yet where I was substracting one estimate from another.  My assumption is that I should use the square root of the sum of the squares rule as for aggregates, can someone please let me know if that is correct or point me to the proper formula?

An example for Glacier County, Montana from the 2019 5-yr estimates is:

Total Population: 13,732

Total Population MOE: ***** (which can be interpreted as zero for my purposes I think)

Non Hispanic or Latino and White Alone: 4,112

Not Hispanic or Latino and White Alone MOE: +/- 127

Total Minority Population (our language) = 13,732- 4,112 = 9,620

Total Minority Population MOE (my best guess) = SQRT(POWER(0,2) + POWER(127,2)) = 127

It seems like this this will often be the case for counties in the US as it appears more often than not the Total Population is a "Controlled Estimate" with a reported MOE of *****.

I am using data equivalent to that found in table DP05. Data can be found on data.census.gov at this link....

https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=United%20States&t=Populations%20and%20People&g=0500000US30035&tid=ACSDP5Y2019.DP05