The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) is now one of the best sources of state and local data. Here are some valuable tips that make it much easier to find and use ACS data.
The U.S. Census Bureau has recently released 2012 data from two major related programs — County Business and Zip Code Business Patterns, including the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.
The U.S. Census Bureau routinely offers a wide variety of free online training sessions, on subjects including Using Census Data for Grant Applications; How to Navigate American FactFinder; Population Estimates and Projections; and Customized Searching Through DataFerrett.
A San Francisco Federal Reserve study concludes that “the value of college is high and not declining over time.” For most students, “tuition costs… can be recouped by age 40, after which college graduates continue to earn a return on their investment in the form of higher lifetime wages.”
The U.S. Education Dept. has issued its latest analysis of reading and math test results for 12th graders for 2013. Comparing 2013 with the previous 2009 tests, overall average scores were identical in each subject. We've summarized trends for various groups and for the 13 available states.
BLS 2013 veterans data show that unemployment dropped for veterans between 2012 and 2013 (7.0 to 6.6 percent), although by less than the decline for non-veterans (7.9 to 7.2 percent). The share of veterans employed fell from 48.3 to 47.9 percent between 2012 and 2013.
HHS's National Center for Health Workforce Analysis is scheduled to release various types of projections in late 2013 and 2014, but has many useful materials available now. We've just added a link to a November 2013 conference on Redesigning The Health Care Workforce.
NCES has released a 2-page brief showing a roughly half-year drop in the amount of career/technical education (CTE) taken by public high school graduates between 1990 and 2009. All of the decline from 4.2 to 3.6 credits occurred since 2000. This drop is in marked contrast to the significant increase in academic coursetaking over the same period.
A recent survey found that 32 percent of college-educated workers reported that had not held a job related to their college major. Nearly half of college-educated workers said their first job after college was not related to their college major. Some 36 percent of all college-educated workers said they wished they chose a different major.
BLS has recently issued three lengthy compendiums of labor force data by race and Hispanic origin (to 2012) and gender (to 2011), plus a special report on earnings by gender (to 2012) that includes selected earnings data by race and Hispanic origin.
AIR has produced a set of 2-page profiles of the adult education and limited spoken-English proficiency population, for both the U.S. and the states. The profiles include adult education spending and enrollment data plus the population without a high school credential, but the most uniquely valuable data analyze spoken English proficiency by labor force status, gender, age, race, and Hispanic origin.
Economist Mark Thoma has posted a useful primer on the strength and weakness of the unemployment as an indicator of the job market, and the importance of supplementing it with indicators such as the employment-to-population ratio.
The U.S. Census Bureau has issued its annual set of 28 tables on how many Americans moved between 2012 and 2013 — the propensity to move declined slightly to 11.7 percent, vs. 12.0 percent between 2011 and 2012, returning to the levels of 2010 to 2011. Because Americans are more prone to move than the residents of many other countries, understanding mobility patterns is extremely important in economic development, labor market, education, and transportation planning.
ETA) has issued the list of 2014 labor surplus areas (LSA’s). Some Federal, state and local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility, so your state or locality may be able to greatly benefit from understanding whether you qualify as an LSA.
ETA has consolidated a wealth of information on the tested skills, coursework, and study efforts of high school students (and college students as well for study time) in several recently-issued products.
NCES has issued the first results from its follow-up of how 9th graders fared 2.5 years later, when most of the students were in the Spring term of 11th grade. The results include important findings on dropping out, progress by socioeconomic background, math scores, and students’ preparation and expectations for adulthood.
Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco have attempted to identify which indicators best predict improvement in the unemployment rate. They highlight 6 of 30 potential measures that better forecast unemployment six months into the future than does the past unemployment rate itself.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently issued its advance 2012 gross domestic product (GDP) data for all 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) — of which 305 experienced inflation-adjusted growth since 2011.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) describes — and presents selected data from — its forthcoming new series on quarterly state gross domestic product (GDP) estimates. BEA plans to include data for 21 broadly-defined industries, and to release the data within 5 months following the end of each quarter.
The U.S. Census Bureau has issued 2012 state-specific poverty rates from two sources, the longstanding Current Population Survey (CPS) and the newer American Community Survey (ACS). ETA has also created a comparative chart showing national poverty rates from both sources, as the differences between the two are likely to confuse users.