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Tip Sheet Number 17 -- August 19, 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. These 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

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American Community Survey

2015 American Community Survey

Statistics on numerous demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics, including language spoken at home, educational attainment, commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance coverage will be available. Statistics will be available for all geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning at noon EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 13, for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Demographic

2014 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Now Include Data for Ages 21 to 64

The 2014 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) will be updated to include estimates for insured and uninsured individuals between the ages of 21 to 64. These new data will be available as downloadable files and added to the SAHIE interactive tool. (Scheduled for release Aug. 30.)

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015

On Sept. 13, the Census Bureau will announce findings from its annual official report on income and poverty for the nation based on the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2016 Current Population Survey. The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2015 calendar year and will also compare trends over time. (Scheduled for release Sept. 13.)

Health Insurance in the United States: 2015

On Sept. 13, the Census Bureau will announce its annual findings on health insurance coverage. The report will include national-level statistics from the Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey and some national and state-level statistics from the American Community Survey. It will include data from the 2015 calendar year and compare it with the previous year. (Scheduled for release Sept. 13.)

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

The sixth annual report from the Census Bureau describing this measure, which complements, but does not replace, the official measure. The report compares U.S. 2015 supplemental poverty estimates with 2015 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups, including state-level estimates. It also compares national 2014 supplemental poverty estimates with 2015 supplemental poverty estimates and examines the effect of adding or excluding individual resource or expenditure elements. (Scheduled for release Sept. 13.)

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Economic

Census Business Builder 2.0

The newest version of Census Business Builder, 2.0, will be mobile-friendly and will provide major updates and new features to the popular suite of tools launched last year. The updates will include an expanded dashboard that allows users to compare data at the national, state and local area levels and to compare the current data to historical information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in September.)

2014 Business Dynamics Statistics

The Business Dynamics Statistics provide annual statistics on establishments, firm startups, and job creation and job loss from 1976 to 2014 by firm size, age, industrial sector, and state and metropolitan statistical area. These statistics provide snapshots of current and historical U.S. entrepreneurial activity and geographic and industry detail about where jobs are being created and lost in the U.S. economy. An infographic will also be available. The infographic uses data from the Business Dynamics Statistics to show the number and rate of startups (businesses that began operating in a given year) and the number of new jobs created by startups at the national and metropolitan levels. (Tentatively scheduled for release in  September.)

2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status. The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs is a supplement to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners, which is conducted every five years as part of the economic census. The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs introduces a new module each year to capture information on relevant business components. For the 2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, the selected module asks questions about business innovation, research and development activity. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning at 10 a.m.EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 30, for release at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

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Facts for Features

Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sept. 15-21)

The third full week of September recognizes the nation's unmarried Americans with an array of statistics about this group from the Census Bureau’s demographic and economic subject areas. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)

Halloween: Oct. 31

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has today evolved into a community-based celebration characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. In the spirit of Halloween, this edition of the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features presents a wide array of new and updated statistical information. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)

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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 – Accessing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation (Monday, Aug. 22, 1-3 p.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Long Island Income and Poverty Related Statistics (Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – American Indian and Alaskan Native Statistics Workshop (IA, MI, MN, WI) (Tuesday, Aug. 24, 11-12 p.m. CDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Where to Find Long Island Business & Economic Data on census.gov (Thursday, Aug. 25, 10-11:30a.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – The American Community Survey (ACS) and Your Long Island Community by the Numbers (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10-11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • Summer Camp Webinar – Introduction to the American Community Survey (Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2-3 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 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

Census Bureau History Home Page (Sept. 1)

On Sept. 6, 1901, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley while he greeted visitors to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. Initially, doctors predicted McKinley would fully recover, but his health declined suddenly and the most popular American president since Abraham Lincoln died Sept. 14. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s History website <www.census.gov/about/history.html> to learn more about the life and death of President William McKinley using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. 

Radio

Profile America segments include a snacking staple in “Crunch Time” (Aug. 24) and playing for pay in “First Football Professional” (Sept. 3).

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 Aug. 5, 2016)

The July Jobs Report Live on C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” Segment of “Washington Journal”

Aug. 10 — The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the highly anticipated monthly jobs numbers, including the nation’s unemployment rate. On Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, Erica L. Groshen, the 14th Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, discussed the July jobs report. C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” segments feature information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at <www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan.html>.

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Demographic

2016 International Data Base Update

Aug. 17 — The International Data Base is a series of estimates and projections that provide a consistent set of demographic indicators, including population size and growth, mortality, fertility, and net migration, for more than 200 countries and areas. The International Data Base is updated periodically. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-tps128.html>.

Occupations in Information Technology Report

Aug. 16 — This report uses statistics from Decennial Censuses and the American Community Survey to explore trends and characteristics of IT workers and describes the growth and increasing complexity of the information technology workforce in the U.S. during the past half century. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-139.html>.

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Facts for Features

Grandparents Day: Sept. 11

July 29 — 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff17.html>.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

July 28 — During this monthlong observance, our nation celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The Census Bureau joins in the celebration with this fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation’s Latino population. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff16.html>.

Back to School

July 26 — After 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff15.html>.

Labor Day

July 8 — 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff14.html>.

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Multimedia

Stats for Stories
Profile America’s Stats for Stories

These stories provide links to timely newsworthy statistics on census.gov that relate to observances, holidays, anniversaries and current events not covered by Facts for Features.

National Aviation Day — Aug. 19, 2016
National Thrift Store Day — Aug. 17, 2016
National Health Center Week — Aug. 7, 2016
World Breastfeeding Week — Aug. 2, 2016
Colorado 140th State Admission Anniversary — Aug. 1, 2016

Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/stories.html>.

Radio

Profile America segments included a museum piece in “Nation’s Knick-Knack’s” (Aug. 10) and a new twist on a tool in “A Good Turn” (Aug. 17). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.

Blogs
The Increasing Complexity of IT Occupations

Written by Julia Bechusen: A new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau explores trends in IT occupations since 1970 as well as characteristics of the IT workforce. Moreover, it explains how the Census Bureau tracks growing and evolving occupations over time.

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-Owned Businesses Grow Faster Than Firms Owned by Other Race Groups

Written by Robert Bernstein: Although the number of businesses owned by Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders remains small relative to the numbers owned by other minority groups, their rate of growth in recent years certainly stands out. There were 54,749 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses across the country in 2012, up 45.3 percent from 37,687 in 2007. This rate of increase topped all race groups (except “some other race”) and far exceeds the rate for all U.S. firms (2.0 percent).

American Indian and Alaska Native-Owned Businesses Move Past the Quarter-Million Mark

Written by Robert Bernstein: The number of American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses in the U.S. climbed by 36,228, or 15.3 percent, between 2007 and 2012, reaching 272,919. In Oklahoma, which ranked second among states with 27,450 American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses in 2012, the number of these businesses increased by 6,238 over the period, or 29.4 percent. As the “Sooner State” was experiencing an increase, first-place California (with 41,254 American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms) experienced a decrease of more than 4,000 (4,315 to be precise ─ a 9.5 percent drop), closing the gap between the states. These statistics come from the Survey of Business Owners, which provides a broad socioeconomic picture of business owners across the nation and is part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year economic census.

The Goods and Services Deficit Increased to $44.5 billion in June 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced that the goods and services deficit was $44.5 billion in June, up $3.6 billion from $41.0 billion in May, revised. June exports were $183.2 billion, $0.6 billion more than May exports. June imports were $227.7 billion, $4.2 billion more than May imports.

Challenges Facing the Disclosure Review Board

Written by William Wisniewski: At the U.S. Census Bureau, the Disclosure Review Board is best known as the team that establishes and reviews official Census Bureau disclosure avoidance policies for the public release of data products that do not reveal any information about the survey respondents. Yet, the boards’ members also serve other important and lesser known roles. For example, they work with researchers in the Center for Disclosure Avoidance Research to determine the effectiveness of current disclosure avoidance techniques in protecting data products. In addition, these researchers study and develop new techniques that may be applied to future releases of data products.

Evaluating Possible Administrative Records Uses for the Decennial Census

Written by Andrew Keller and Scott Konicki: When a household does not respond to the census, the U.S. Census Bureau must send a field worker to that address to complete a nonresponse follow-up interview. For the 2010 Census, 72 percent of American households mailed back a completed census form. The remaining 28 percent that did not respond by mail were counted via a census taker that visited their address. In-person interviews are much more costly than getting a response back in the mail. For the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is researching the possible use of administrative records to provide a status and count for some addresses in the nonresponse follow-up universe — that is, to indicate whether the housing unit is likely to be occupied or vacant, and how many people may live in it. This information will aid in reducing the number of contacts during the nonresponse follow-up operation.

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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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