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Tip Sheet Number 11 -- May 27, 2016

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Upcoming

2016 Product Calendar

The U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2016. The products are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated as needed throughout the year.

Learn What Surveys are Being Conducted in Your Community

See which of our 130-plus annual surveys are being conducted in your community. In a variety of surveys and censuses, evolving from the first census in 1790, the Census Bureau provides official information about America’s people, businesses, industries and institutions. See surveys currently being conducted in each Census Bureau region:

Atlanta
Chicago
Denver
Los Angeles
New York
Philadelphia
All Surveys

State Data Profiles

In advance of the 2016 state caucuses and primaries, the Census Bureau will present a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of each state’s voting-age population and industries. The graphics (50 states and the District of Columbia) will be posted about a week before each state’s election. The final six states will be released May 31: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Demographic

2014 and 2015 CPS ASEC Research Files on Offer and Take-Up of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage

These research files on offer and take-up of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage are based on new questions asked as part of the 2014 and 2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The questions refer to current coverage at the time of interview, covering February through April of the survey year. (Tentatively scheduled for release in June.)

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Economic

2014 E-Stats Report

This economy-wide statistical brief consolidates in one document previously released 2014 e-commerce data on shipments, sales and revenues from four sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. (Tentatively scheduled for release June 2.)

Annual Survey of State Government Finances: 2014

A comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments. The tables and data files present revenue, by source of revenue; expenditure, by object and function of expenditure; indebtedness, by long-term or short-term debt; and asset, by purpose and type of asset. (Scheduled for release June 7.)

Annual Survey of Public Education Finances: 2014

These tables provide a detailed look at how public elementary-secondary school systems are funded and how those funds are spent on education and services for our nation’s children. The statistics, released annually, provide information on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets of our public school systems. The tables include per-pupil spending and detailed spending on instruction, support services, special education, school lunches, transportation and salaries. (Scheduled for release June 9.)

Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State and Locally Administered Defined Benefit Data: 2015

The survey provides state and national summary data on the membership, revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of public employee pension systems for state and local governments. A summary brief will be released concurrently. (Scheduled for release June 14.)

2012 Economic Census Core Business Statistics Series: Bridge between 2012 NAICS and 2007 NAICS

Presents 2012 data for industries whose NAICS classification has changed between 2007 and 2012. The Bridge Report is released in two tables. For the first table, data are shown for each of these six-digit 2012 NAICS industries and their eight-digit 2007 NAICS components. In the second table, data are shown for each corresponding six-digit 2007 NAICS industry and its eight-digit 2012 NAICS components. (Scheduled for release June 14.)

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenues Fourth Quarter 2015

The summary provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at a national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 2 include income and sales data, and Table 3 provides tax collections by state. (Scheduled for release June 21.)

2012 Economic Census Core Business Statistics

Beginning in March 2014 with the Advance Report and continuing on a flow basis through June 2016, the Core Business Statistics Series provides statistics on the number of establishments, employment, payroll, and value of sales, receipts, revenue, or shipments for establishments of firms with paid employees for individual industries at the U.S. level and/or by state.

2012 Economic Census Subject Series

Continuing on a flow basis through June 2016, the Subject Series reports supplement other products and present tabulations for the U.S. with some state detail. Reports for most sectors include establishment and firm size (including legal form of organization). Miscellaneous subjects reports for the manufacturing sector include general summary, products summary, materials consumed summary and concentration ratios in manufacturing.

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Facts for Features

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July)

To commemorate the July 26, 1990, signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, the Census Bureau presents a wide array of statistical information about people with disabilities. (Tentatively scheduled for release on June 1.)

The Fourth of July

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, the most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue; fireworks; parades; flags; and backyard barbecues across the country. (Tentatively scheduled for release in June.)

Back to School

After a nice summer break, students will prepare to return to school for the 2016-2017 academic year. This fact sheet presents statistics from demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to teachers, students and the reopening of our country’s schools in late summer. (Tentatively scheduled for release in June.)

Labor Day 

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York for a parade. This Facts for Features presents a wide array of statistical information for this national holiday — which pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. (Tentatively scheduled for release in July.)

Grandparents Day: Sept. 8

Celebrated every year since 1978 to honor our nation’s grandparents, this edition of Facts for Features presents updates of statistics about their role in our society. (Tentatively scheduled for release in July.)

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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 courses are offered within the next two weeks:

  • Summer Camp Webinar – Income and Poverty Related Statistics (Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Nevada Data on Deadline: Quick Data Tools and Interactive Maps (Wednesday, June 1, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Making Sense of the American Community Survey (Thursday, June 2, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – The American Community Survey (ACS) and Your Community by the Numbers (Friday, June 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Where to Find Business and Economic Data on census.gov (Wednesday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Voting and Registration Statistics – Hot Report and DataFerrett (Wednesday, June 8, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – American Community Survey (Wednesday, June 8, 1-3 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Data on Deadline: Quick Data Tools and Interactive Maps (Thursday, June 9, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Measuring America Series – An Overview of Ancestry Statistics (Thursday, June 9, 1-3 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Your Neighborhood by the Numbers: Advanced American FactFinder (Tracts, Block Groups and Blocks (Friday, June 10, 2 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – MAP TAB Lab (Friday, June 10, 2-3:15 p.m. EDT)

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 previously recorded trainings that are free and 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 segments include troubled waters in “Historic Deluge” (May 31) and guarding against risk in “Accident Insurance” (June 17).

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.

Apps
Census Business Builder

The Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. The suite will continuously be updated with new versions. Currently, the Regional Analyst and the Small Business editions are available.

Challenge Your Knowledge of State Statistics with Census PoP Quiz

This 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 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 May 13, 2016)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Joins Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee

May 26 — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is the newest member organization on the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. The committee was established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-96.html>.

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Demographic

Subcounty Population Estimates: July 1, 2015

May 19 — Internet tables showing annual population estimates of the nation’s incorporated places and minor civil divisions — cities, towns, townships, villages and boroughs — since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015, as well as rankings based on population growth. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-81.html>.

Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2015

May 19 — Internet tables showing annual housing unit estimates for the nation, states and counties since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015. Internet address: <www.census.gov/popest/data/housing/totals/2015/>.

Commuting Patterns of Older Workers in the United States, 2008-2012

May 18 — This working paper describes commuting patterns of older workers in the U.S., based on data from the 5-year 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/working-papers/2016/demo/SEHSD-fy2012-116.html>.

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Economic

Infographic: Manufacturing in the U.S.

May 25 — Statistics from the 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) indicate that manufacturing establishments show gains in receipts but lower employment over time. The infographic contains three visualizations, including a time-series graph of changes in employment and receipts from 2002-2014, a comparison of employment and receipts by subsector for the years 2013 and 2014, and a domestic map illustrating manufacturing employment as a percentage of the total working age population by state. Internet address:
<www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-tps105.html>.

2014 Nonemployer Statistics

May 24 — This annual series provides subnational economic data for businesses that have no paid employees and are subject to federal income tax. The data consist of the number of businesses and total receipts by industry. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-94.html>.

2012 Economic Census Subject Series: ZIP Code Statistics

May 24— Contains a data file for the entire U.S. These statistics are limited to a count of the establishments in each industry by sales-size range of establishments. These ZIP codes are reported by businesses or coded from addresses. They are not the ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) published in the decennial census.

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2014 ZIP Code Business Patterns

May 19 — Provides data on the number of business establishments by employment-size class for detailed industries. Statistics are provided for about 40,000 five-digit ZIP codes, including nine new ones nationwide and include the total number of establishments, employment and payroll. In addition, the number of establishments for nine employment-size categories is provided by detailed industry for each ZIP code.

2012 Economic Census Subject Series: Real Estate and Rental and Leasing – Miscellaneous Reports

May 19 — These reports present data for a variety of industry-specific topics, such as end of year inventories, for establishments of firms with payroll. Presentation of data varies by kind of business. This concludes the subject series for the real estate and rental and leasing sector.

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Facts for Features

Father’s Day: June 19

May 24 — The Census Bureau honors “dear old dad” with a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to Father’s Day, from stay-at-home dads to time spent with their children. Internet address:
<www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff11.html>.

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Multimedia

Stats for Stories
Profile America’s Stats for Stories

Provides links to timely newsworthy statistics on census.gov that relate to observances, holidays, anniversaries and current events not covered by
Facts for Features. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/stories.html>.

Radio

Profile America segments included lettuce start eating healthy in “Salad Days” (May 15) and fingering the culprits in “Prints Among Men” (May 25). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.

Blogs
Preparing for the 2020 Census: Choosing Data Collection and Processing Systems

By: John H. Thompson: Census Bureau director John Thompson writes that the U.S. Census Bureau announced a major decision on the path to the 2020 Census. Since December 2014, we’ve been assessing whether to use commercial software products to collect and process data in the 2020 Census, or whether to build our own systems. After a great deal of evaluation and discussion, we have determined that a hybrid approach – combining a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) system with specific solutions developed by Census experts – will best meet our needs.

Technology Innovations for Nonresponse Follow-Up in the 2020 Census

By: John H. Thompson: Director Thompson writes about his visit to Los Angeles County to observe the last phase of the 2016 Census Test, currently underway in California as well as in Harris County, Texas.

After Hurricane Katrina: Where Are They Now?

By: Sarah Gibb, statistician/demographer, Population Division: The Census Bureau released population estimates for cities and towns last week. Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau did not release these estimates for four Mississippi Gulf Coast communities — Bay St. Louis, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Waveland in 2006. This blog looks at how the Census Bureau was able to estimate the populations of these communities in the years following Katrina.

A Look at the Nearly 1 Million Who Ride Their Bikes to Work in the U.S.

By: Brian McKenzie, sociologist in Journey to Work and Migration Statistics Branch: The proportion of workers who commute by bicycle has remained small, but relatively steady over the last few decades. The number of  bike commuters, which has grown to nearly 1 million, has increased at roughly the same rate as the labor force, which has not been the case for some modes of commuting such as transit and walking.

Simple Tools, Great Solutions: Creating Boundaries for Puerto Rico Urbanizations

By: Francia Torres and Tanya Sadrak, Geographers: Puerto Rico addresses contain types of areas typically not seen in stateside addresses. One example is an urbanización, which is a named neighborhood similar to a stateside subdivision. To help maintain Puerto Rico addresses within the U.S. Census Bureau’s address database and to improve address update processes, the Geography Division is developing geographic information systems-based processes that use existing address structure points to draw boundaries for these areas. Our first priority is the urbanizaciones.

Investigating Alternative Methods to Estimate Time Use Behaviors

By: Rachelle Hill, Center for Economic Studies, and Katie Genadek, University of Minnesota: Time diary surveys collect information about the different activities the survey respondents participate in throughout the pre-selected diary day, including a general description of the activity and the amount of time spent in each activity. This unique data structure creates novel research opportunities as well as challenges for choosing the appropriate analytic method. We compare four different analytic methods in estimating time diary data and demonstrate the importance of considering how different modeling techniques may affect the results.

Implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in a Survey Organization

By: Jessica Holzberg, Mathematical Statistician, Demographic Statistical Methods: When interviewers administer a survey in a Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) mode, survey organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau incur great costs acquiring and maintaining devices such as laptops, tablets or cell phones for interviewers to use in the field. One potential way to mitigate these costs is to ask interviewers to use their own personal devices. This is also known as the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.

Methodological Challenges and Opportunities in Web Survey Usability Evaluation

By: Lin Wang, Human Factors and Usability Research Group, Center for Survey Measurement: As a scientific investigation, evaluation of web survey usability requires sound methodology. Yet, web survey usability evaluation is a relatively young field that is filled with challenges and opportunities. To promote research in this area and exchange information with colleagues in the public opinion research community, researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau will present a panel on methodological challenges and opportunities in web survey usability evaluation at the 2016 American Association for Public Opinion Research conference.

Continuing to Explore the Relationship Between Economic and Political Conditions and Government Survey Refusal Rates: 1960 to 2015

By: Joanna Fane Lineback, Center for Survey Measurement: Survey programs are operating in a difficult climate. Response rates for a number of major government surveys have declined. Among them is the Current Population Survey, where the response rate has fallen below 90 percent. Research into this phenomenon has focused on micro-level influences, such as interviewer workloads, because survey programs are looking for data collection improvements that will maintain or increase response rates. Recently, survey methodologists in the Center for Survey Measurement and the Center for Adaptive Design began thinking about macro-level influences on response rates and asking the following questions: Can we identify large-scale influences on survey response? If so, what are the implications?

Communicating Data Use and Privacy: In-Person Versus Web-Based Methods for Message Testing

By: Aleia Clark Fobia and Jennifer Hunter Childs, Center for Survey Measurement: Communicating messages about privacy, data use and access, and confidentiality is critical to earning and keeping the trust of respondents and to ensuring their willingness to participate in surveys. Informing respondents about their rights and how their data will be used is often required by law. However, there is currently not much data available on how respondents react to these messages or how they understand the meanings we try to convey.

Validating Self-Reported Health Insurance Coverage: Preliminary Results on CPS and ACS

By: Joanne Pascale, U.S. Census Bureau; Kathleen Call, State Health Access Data Assistance Center; Angela Fertig, Medica Research Institute; and Don Oellerich, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Many federal, state and private surveys include questions that measure health insurance coverage. Each survey has different origins, constraints and methodologies and, as a consequence, the surveys produce different estimates of coverage. While several factors could contribute to the variation in the estimates, research points to subtle differences in the questionnaires as driving much of this variation.

Advancements in Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Questionnaire Design and Pretesting

By: Patricia Goerman, U.S. Census Bureau Center for Survey Measurement and Mandy Sha, RTI International: Several U.S. Census Bureau employees with the Center for Survey Measurement’s Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group will be presenting in a special panel at the American Association for Public Opinion Research conference in Austin, Texas, this May. The panel is called “Advancements in Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Questionnaire Design and Pretesting” and includes five papers that describe research conducted as a part of a large language research contract in 2015-2016. The Center for Survey Measurement supported and collaborated with the Decennial Language Team on the work that led to this panel. We also collaborated with contractors from RTI International and Research Support Services.

Identifying Hard-to-Survey Populations Using Low Response Scores by Census Tract

By: Kathleen Kephart, Center for Survey Measurement: The U.S. Census Bureau’s Planning Database is a publicly available data set derived from the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2010 Census data. It has many potential uses not just for survey practitioners, but for local governments and planners as well. It can be used to locate tracts or block groups with characteristics of interest (e.g. seniors, children, Hispanics, languages spoken, poverty rates, health insurance coverage rates, etc.) to inform sample design and the allocation of financial resources. Additionally, users can employ the planning database to provide information about a target population, create geographic information systems (GIS) maps, enhance reports and construct models.

Digital Advertising: Encouraging Participation in the Decennial Census

By: Matt Virgile, Monica Vines, Nancy Bates and Gina Walejko, U.S. Census Bureau; Sam Hagedorn, Kiera McCaffrey and John Otmany, Reingold Inc.: The U.S. Census Bureau conducted a test of digital advertising and other communications techniques as part of the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., test site. This test marks the first time the Census Bureau used communications and paid advertising to drive direct response through the online data collection instrument from visits to the web address prominently featured in advertising materials and through digital advertisements. Additionally, this was the first opportunity for some households to participate without receiving any mailing materials since the Census Bureau adopted the mailout/mailback approach in 1970.

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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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