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Tip Sheet Number 21 -- Oct. 17, 2014

Release Number TP14-21
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2014 Product Calendar

The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2014. The products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

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American Community Survey

2011-2013 American Community Survey Statistics

The American Community Survey produces statistics on numerous social, economic and housing characteristics, including language, education, the commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. The statistics derived from three years of data collection cover all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more. Comparison profiles showing statistically significant changes compare two nonoverlapping three-year periods (2008-2010 and 2011-2013). (Tentatively scheduled for release Oct. 23.)

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Demographic

A Child’s Day: Living Arrangements, Nativity, and Family Transitions: 2011

This report uses statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and examines aspects of child well-being, such as participation in extracurricular activities and how they are shaped by a child’s living arrangements, parental nativity status and household or economic transitions. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November.)

Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012

This report uses data from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The report, for the first time, compares co-resident grandparents to grandparents who do not live with their grandchildren. In addition, the report examines the historical changes in co-residence of grandparents and characteristics of grandparents who live with their grandchildren. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013

This American Community Survey report includes first-time analysis of computer and Internet use at the sub-state level. The report will focus on household computer ownership and Internet use by various socio-economic and demographic characteristics. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late October.)

Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 2000 to 2010

This report examines demographic trends for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report will provide information for each area on history, government and census geography. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late October/early November.)

Young Adult Migration: 2007-2009 to 2010-2012

This report looks at the demographic and socio-economic status of young adult migrants, ages 18 to 34, during the recession and postrecession periods. The report uses 2007-2009 and 2010-2012 American Community Survey statistics. (Tentatively scheduled for release in November)

Older Americans with Disabilities: 2008-2012

For the first time, this report uses data from the American Community Survey to examine the older population with a disability by age, sex and selected socio-economic characteristics such as marital status, living arrangement, educational attainment and poverty status. (Scheduled for release in November.)

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Economic

2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Accommodation and Food Services

The first national-level data files on accommodation include new data on casino hotels, rooming and boarding houses, and bed-and-breakfasts to be released through February 2015. The files will provide data on the number of establishments, sales, annual payroll, number of employees and other data items by industry. (Scheduled for release Oct. 28.)

2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Educational Services

The first national-level data files on specific educational services industries to be released in the industry series. The files provide data on the number of establishments, receipts, payroll, number of employees and product line receipts for these industries. This release also includes comparative statistics for 2012 and 2007. Computer training, cosmetology and barber schools, and automobile driving schools are some of the industries included in this release. (Scheduled for release in October.)

2012 Economic Census Industry Series

Continuing on a flow basis through February 2015, this series contains national-level statistics from the twice-a-decade economic census for specific industries on the number of employees and establishments, payroll and total revenues. It also includes detailed statistics on the product lines sold or services provided by businesses. For a listing of industries for which statistics have been released over the last two weeks, see <www.business.census.gov>.

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Facts for Features

Thanksgiving (Nov. 27)

This release highlights a wide range of statistics pertaining to the traditional gatherings that take place on this national day of giving thanks. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics pertaining to the American Indian and Alaska Native population. (Scheduled for release in late October.)

The Holiday Season

To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 16-24) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release in October.)

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Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities

Webinars are available to help the public access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use census databases and mapping tools and how to find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level. They also provide quick links for answers to frequently asked questions about accessing statistics.

The following course is offered:

  • Using Census Bureau Manufacturing Data: A Comprehensive Look Inside the Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. EDT)
  • Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. EST)

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resources page. No registration is needed to join the webinar. Login details will be provided one week before a webinar.

Archived Training Resources

Visit the Census Bureau’s Training Resources Library for free, previously recorded trainings that are available for use at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.

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Multimedia

Radio
Profile America for October and November

Profile America segments include coming clean in “Washing Machines” (Oct. 26) and the three “R’s” in “Teaching the Children” (Nov. 10).

The daily features are available at <www.census.gov/library/audio.html>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

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Apps

Challenge Your Knowledge of State Statistics with Census PoP Quiz

This new mobile app from the Census Bureau challenges a user’s knowledge of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Census PoP Quiz is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Internet address: <www.census.gov/mobile/>.

Find Your Ideal Place with the Census Bureau’s dwellr App

A Census Bureau mobile app named “dwellr” can help people on the go access key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and total population drawn from the American Community Survey. Internet address: <www.census.gov/mobile/>.

Stay Connected with the Census Bureau’s America’s Economy Mobile App

Every week, the Department of Commerce releases key Census Bureau economic indicators. Get the latest business news on-the-go as it is released through the Census Bureau’s free, easy-to-use mobile app, America’s Economy, available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 20 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <www.census.gov/mobile/economy/>.

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Recently Released

(Released since Oct. 3, 2014)

Census Bureau Names New Members to the National Advisory Committee

Oct. 6 — The Census Bureau announced the 10 new members who have accepted invitations to serve on the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. The committee advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-186.html>.

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2020 Census

Census Bureau Hosts 2020 Census Operations Update to Discuss 2015 National Content

Oct. 6 — U.S. Census Bureau officials briefed reporters on preparations for the 2020 Census and the 2015 National Content Test. The event was held at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., and was broadcast on Ustream. The event included presentations on our plans for testing possible 2020 Census question wording on within-household coverage, relationship and race/ethnicity. The 2015 National Content and Self-Response Test is also designed to test new strategies for contacting households and encouraging self-response, particularly via the Internet. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-182.html>.

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Demographic

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2013

Oct. 16 — The fourth annual report from the Census Bureau describing this measure, which complements, but does not replace, the official measure. The report compares U.S. 2013 supplemental poverty estimates with 2013 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups. In addition to the national-level statistics, the report presents supplemental poverty estimates for states using three-year averages (2011-2013). It also compares national 2012 supplemental poverty estimates with 2013 supplemental poverty estimates and examines the effect of adding or excluding individual resource or expenditure elements. Internet address:  <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-188.html>.

American Housing Survey: 2013 Detailed Tables

Oct. 16 — The first findings from the 2013 American Housing Survey, in the form of dozens of detailed tables and a microdata file. The American Housing Survey is conducted biennially, and, as in past years, provides current national-level information on a wide range of housing subjects, from indicators of housing quality to home improvement activities. Several topics are new to the survey this year. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-tps78.html>.

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Economic

2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Construction — Oct. 17

These are the first in a series of national-level data files on the construction sector of the U.S economy. The first industries to be released include glass and glazing contractors, masonry, oil and gas pipeline, power and communication lines, and siding contractors. Internet address: <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census.html>.

2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Mining — Oct. 17

These are the first in a series of national-level data files on the mining sector of the U.S economy. The first industries to be released include clay and ceramic and refractory minerals mining; copper ore and nickel ore mining; iron ore mining; and potash, and soda and borate mineral mining. Internet address: <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census.html>.

2012 Economic Census: Wholesale Trade — Oct. 10 and 17

These files provide additional national level information on the wholesale sector including data on miscellaneous goods; furniture; home furnishings and appliances; groceries and related products; and machinery, equipment and supplies. Internet address: <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census.html>.

2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Other Services (Except Public Administration):

October 7 The U.S. Census Bureau released additional data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports, including new data for personal and laundry services. The files provide data on the number of establishments; value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue or business done; payroll, number of employees and other data items by industry. Internet address: <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census.html>.

2012 Economic Census Industry Series

Continuing on a flow basis through February 2015, this series contains national-level statistics from the twice-a-decade economic census for specific industries on the number of employees and establishments, payroll and total revenues. It also includes detailed statistics on the product lines sold or services provided by businesses. For a listing of industries for which statistics have been released over the last two weeks, see <www.business.census.gov>.

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Multimedia

Radio
Profile America for October

Profile America segments included technology figuring in “Crunching Numbers” (Oct. 6) and a call of fame in “Birth of Cell Phones” (Oct. 13). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio.html>.

Blogs

The Census Bureau maintains four blogs to keep people up-to-date on how we measure America’s people, places and economy. Here are recent blogs posted on the Census Bureau website:

What is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does it Differ from the Official Measure? — Oct. 14 — The Census Bureau’s Kathleen Short writes that the current official poverty measure compares a family’s or individual’s before-tax cash income to a set of thresholds based on the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963. The supplemental poverty measure takes into account family resources and expenses not included in the official measure.

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America — Oct. 14 — Census Bureau Director John Thompson writes that preparations for the 2020 Census include researching approaches that more accurately measure and reflect how people self-identify their race and ethnic origin.

Synthetic Data: Public-Use Micro Data for a Big Data World — Oct. 6 —The Census Bureau’s Ron Jarmin, Tom Louis and Javier Miranda write that national statistical offices have a wealth of information from survey and administrative sources. However, they are constrained in their ability to release these data because of confidentiality pledges. Synthetic data offer a way to expand the amount of information that national statistical offices can publically release while maintaining respondent confidentiality.

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News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <www.census.gov/newsroom.html>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <pio@census.gov>.

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