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Back to School 2019: August

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Summertime is winding down and vacations are ending, signaling that back-to-school time is here. It’s a time that many children eagerly anticipate — catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan newspapers and websites looking for sales on a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of Stats for Stories highlights the many statistics associated with the return to classrooms by our nation’s students and teachers.

Presidential Proclamation 2000

“For America's students, the new school year is a time for learning lessons, making friends, and setting goals. For America's parents, it is a time to focus on the role education plays in their children's lives and future. And for our Nation, it is a time to strengthen our efforts to improve the quality of education and to make America's schools safe, nurturing places where children can reach their full potential.”

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Key Stats:

Back-to-School Shopping

Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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Source: Monthly Retail Trade Survey, Annual Retail Trade Survey, Service Annual Survey, and administrative records. See the NAICS codes in the table above and other related codes.

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Source: Quarterly Services Survey, 2006-2019.

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Source: Quarterly Financial Report, 2000-2019.

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Source: Current Population Survey, October 2017.

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Enrollment and Spending

From Topics > Education:

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Source: 2017 Census of Governments: Finance - Survey of School System Finances.

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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Public Education Employment

Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll

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Field of Degree

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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Rewards of Staying in School

Source: Current Population Survey, 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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Other Stats:

From Foreign Trade › U.S. International Trade Data:

The Official Source of Trade Statistics (FREE to all users). After you create an account, select options for “State Export Data (Origin of Movement)” or “State Import Data (State of Destination)” by “HS” or “NAICS.” Select “State” and “Measures,” “Commodity,” (search 401692, 482030, 9608 for items such as erasers, binders and folders, and pens), “Country” and/or “Time” for data. For more information, see Quick Start Guide.

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From the Newsroom > Stats for Stories:

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From Topics > Education > Teaching about Statistics:

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From Training & Workshops > Recorded Webinars > People:

Measuring America: An Overview on Children Statistics, September 13, 2016

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