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Tip Sheet Number 19 -- September 16, 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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Demographic

2015 American Housing Survey

Microdata and tables from the American Housing Survey provide a comprehensive look at a variety of housing statistics for the nation. Every odd-numbered year, data are collected to provide national and selected metropolitan area statistics (be released later this year.) Statistics are released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Tentatively scheduled for release in October.)

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Economic

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: Second Quarter 2016

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 20.)

2012 Economic Census: Mining Subject and Summary Series

The 2012 Mining Subject and Summary Series release comprises seven summary and four subject series reports based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The summary reports present statistics as part of the general summary and the subject series reports include materials summary, product summary, location of mines and product class shipments. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 23.)

2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, Company Statistics Series: Characteristics of Businesses and Characteristics of Business Owners

These modules supplement the release of the 2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs statistics and provide selected economic and demographic characteristics of respondent firms and their owners, including information on business innovation and research and development activities. Data are available for the United States, states and 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. Data aggregates are presented by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status of majority owners at the national level by the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and years in business. Characteristics of businesses and business owners statistics for firms include, but are not limited to, types of workers, if the company owned a website, age of owner, owner’s highest level of education, and whether the owner was born in the United States. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 23.)

2015 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

Provides a summary of taxes collected by state for five broad tax categories and up to 25 tax subcategories. These statistics include measurement of tax by category: property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and other taxes. Each tax category is broken down into subcategories (e.g., motor fuel sales, alcoholic beverage sales, motor vehicle licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, etc.). (Scheduled for release Sept. 26.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: Second Quarter 2016

This report provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the largest defined benefit public employee pension systems for state and local governments. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 3 include data on cash and security holdings and Table 2 provides data on earnings on investments, contributions and payments. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 29.)

Statistics of U.S. Businesses

These data include single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Data are presented by state, industry and enterprise employment size.

The 2012-2013 Statistics of U.S. Businesses: Employment Change tables are also being released and include number of establishments and corresponding employment change for births, deaths, expansions and contractions between 2012 and 2013. The data are tabulated by geographic area, industry and enterprise employment size. (Scheduled for release Sept. 29.)

Manufacturing Day (Oct. 7)

In recognition of this observance celebrating the importance of the manufacturing sector to the nation’s economy, the Census Bureau will provide links to a series of relevant datasets and resources on U.S. manufacturers. (Scheduled for release Oct. 5.)

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Facts for Features

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 September.)

Thanksgiving Day

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 September.)

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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:

  • Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (Thursday, Sept. 22, 2-3 p.m. EDT)
  • Relationships between Monthly & Quarterly Indicators to Annual Surveys and 5-Year Economic Census (Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1-2 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 mellowing the harsh in “Decaf Coffee” (Sept. 29) and a hard cell in “Women’s Prison” (Oct. 9).

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 Sept. 2, 2016)

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Quarterly Workforce Indicators Available in API

Sept. 12 — For the first time, Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) are now available in the Census Bureau's Application Programming Interface. These 32 measures include employment, turnover, hiring, job creation, job destruction, average monthly earnings and more. The API lets developers create custom apps to reach new users and makes key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics more accessible than ever before.

For more information, please visit: www.census.gov/data/developers/data-sets/qwi.html. To access the API's QWI Endpoint, please visit: api.census.gov/data/timeseries/qwi.htm. More detail on how the QWI are constructed can be found at: //lehd.ces.census.gov/doc/QWI_101.pdf [PDF].

U.S. Census Bureau Brings Statistics to Life for K-12 Classrooms

Sept. 7 — The U.S. Census Bureau unveiled its newly updated Statistics in Schools program for K-12 teachers and students. Using current and historical data, the Census Bureau provides teachers the tools to help students understand statistical concepts and improve their data analysis skills. The program offers free online activities and other resources in geography, history, math and sociology. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-146.html>

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American Community Survey

2015 American Community Survey

Sept. 15 — Statistics include  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. Statistics available for all geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-159.html

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Demographic

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015

Sept. 13 — The Census Bureau announced 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 includes statistics pertaining to the 2015 calendar year and will compare trends over time. Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-256.html>.

Health Insurance in the United States: 2015

Sept. 13 — The Census Bureau announced annual findings on health insurance coverage. The report includes 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. Internet address:<www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-257.html>.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

Sept. 13 — 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-258.html>.

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Economic

2014 Business Dynamics Statistics

Sept. 6 — 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 is also 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-tps130.html>.

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Facts for Features

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

Aug. 25 — 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. Internet address: <www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff18.html>.

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 month-long 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>.

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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.

Radio

Profile America segments included the tanks you get in “Pumping Gas” (Sept. 2) and trekking through a half-century in “Space Case” (Sept. 8). Internet address: <www.census.gov/library/audio/profile-america.html>.

Blogs

2014 to 2015 Median Household Income is Largest Percentage Increase Since 1998 — Written by: Jonathan Rothbaum, chief, Income Statistics Branch: Estimates released from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) show real median household income in 2015 was $56,516, a 5.2 percent increase from the 2014 median in real terms. This is the largest year-to-year increase since 1997 to 1998, when median household income increased 3.7 percent — making this the largest increase over the past 17 years.

2015 Drop in Poverty is Largest on Record Since 1999 — Written by: Ashley Edwards, chief, Poverty Statistics Branch: Estimates released from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) show the official poverty rate in the United States declined to 13.5 percent in 2015, a 1.2 percentage point drop from 2014. The last time poverty rates declined this much from year to year was from 1998 to 1999 – making this the largest decline in poverty rates over the past 16 years.

Another Look at Health Insurance Coverage Rates for Young Adults — Written by: Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Marina Vornovitsky and Danielle Taylor: In the last half decade, young adults (ages 19 to 25) gained health insurance coverage more than any other age group (Figure 1). In 2010, young adults had the highest uninsured rate compared with every other age group — with about one-third of them lacking health insurance. Since then, their uninsured rate has dropped dramatically, with the most recent figures indicating one in six of young adults lack health insurance coverage. How did this group improve so much?

Census Bureau Releases 2015 Supplemental Poverty Measure — Written By: Trudi Renwick and Liana Fox: The U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released its sixth annual supplemental poverty measure report. This measure extends information provided by the official poverty measure by explicitly including benefits from many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals.

Two Views of the Changes in Health Insurance Rates From 2008 to 2015 — Written by: Jennifer Cheeseman Day and Edward Berchick: The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing a tool to look at the history of health insurance coverage in the United States: an animated map showing changes in uninsured rates by state, going back to 2008. The shift in health insurance coverage rates begins slowly, with little change occurring from 2008 to 2013. Then in 2014, we see the colors for many states lighten on the map as uninsured rates dropped across the nation, when many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. Rates fell again in 2015, leaving only Texas and Alaska in the darkest shade of blue.

What Does it Mean to be in Poverty in the U.S., Statistically Speaking? — Written by Ashley Edwards and Jose Pacas, Poverty Statistics Branch: You may have heard public officials or the media talk recently about the poverty rate in America. In advance of the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of its annual income and poverty reports next week, we thought it might be worth reviewing how poverty is officially defined and measured in the United States.

What is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does It Differ From the Official Measure? — Written by: Trudi Renwick and Liana Fox, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: Since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty statistics in 1964, there has been a continuing debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States. In 2010, an interagency technical working group asked the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to develop a new measure that would improve our understanding of the economic well-being of American families and enhance our ability to measure the effect of federal policies on those living in poverty. The technical design of the supplemental poverty measure draws on the recommendations of a 1995 National Academy of Sciences report and the extensive research on poverty measurement conducted over the past 20 years. See the history of poverty measures in the United States here.

How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty — Written by: Trudi Renwick, assistant division chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division:  Income, poverty and health insurance statistics for 2015 from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) were released Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. One-year statistics from the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) will be released on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

Health Insurance Coverage Measurement in Two Surveys — Written by: Marina Vornovitsky, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division: The U.S. Census Bureau released two important sources for health insurance statistics in the United States: the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey.

New American Community Survey Data Released Today — Written by: John H. Thompson: Communities across the nation have new American Community Survey (ACS) statistics to help them make informed decisions that could save lives. The City of New Orleans is putting Census data to use through an innovative program that distributes smoke alarms to households that need them. This is just one powerful example of how people in communities nationwide benefit from the ACS data released today.

Just in Time for the New Academic Year: Census Bureau Unveils New Statistics in Schools Program — Written by Nancy A. Potok, deputy director and chief operating officer: As the academic year begins, we are excited to roll out a new U.S. Census Bureau program, “Statistics in Schools” aimed at making a real and positive difference in American education. Statistics in Schools offers teachers and students a free toolbox brimming with comprehensive statistical information to enrich the K-12 academic experience.

On the Road in North Carolina — Written by: John H. Thompson: Last week, I attended the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission Quarterly Meeting, where I met with tribal leaders to discuss our 2020 Census planning goals in Indian Country. Tribal input helps the U.S. Census Bureau increase the response rate for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. We listened to tribal leaders’ insights on a range of topics.

Grandparents and Grandchildren — In Honor of Grandparents Day, a Look at a Collection of Statistics about Grandparents Who Live With Their Grandchildren. Statistics from the American Community Survey provide information on grandparents living with their grandchildren, including those who have primary care of them. These statistics help [PDF] federal, state and local program managers understand the needs of this group and design programs for both generations.

The Goods and Services Deficit Decreased to $39.5 billion in July 2016 — The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $39.5 billion in July, down $5.2 billion from $44.7 billion in June, revised. July exports were $186.3 billion, $3.4 billion more than June exports. July imports were $225.8 billion, $1.8 billion less than June imports.

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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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