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Accessing Ancestry Statistics (Tutorial)


Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey Summary File – December 2013
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to the block group level of geography through the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using the ACS Summary File
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=a1890dcbfc9bb5135bace302482d2c9a Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


American Community Survey (ACS) Overview [PDF] (Presentation)


American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Dual Vintage Variables – March 13, 2014
Advanced users learn about the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) and how to work with dual vintages of variables included in the ACS PUMS files. This presentation gives a background of the ACS PUMS files before explaining how to work specifically with dual vintage variables in the 2008-2012 ACS 5-year PUMS files, including Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA), Occupation, and Industry variables.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=42ff63613df51416645c3dd24948de5e Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


American Community Survey Technical Webinar (Media) – September 12, 2013
The Census Bureau held a Web conference to discuss the Sept.19 release of 2012 American Community Survey statistics. The webinar included information about the topics that will be available as well as step-by step guidance on how to access the upcoming statistics, compare geographies and compare statistics over time.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=97a4f800da844a37bd3fe77f39d11269  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


Administration on Aging with ACS – Special Tabulation on Aging – September 11, 2013
This webinar is a general overview of the American Community Survey and how the Administration on Aging uses this information for their special tabulation on aging.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=164436371b303afc150266ad3a11ccb7 Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


Data Dissemination Program: ACS Tips & Tricks
Already familiar with the American Community Survey, come join us to learn what tips and tricks will make your navigating and using the data easier.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=bf2b683c54c79995e2cecbab93aae0b4  Link to a non-federal Web site


Data Dissemination Program: Data Ferrett Session 1 - Intro to Data Ferrett
Search and retrieve data across federal, state, and local surveys. Execute customized variable recoding, create complex tabulations and business graphics. Get access to Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Small Area Income Poverty Estimates, Population Estimates, Economic Census Area wide Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics data, Centers for Disease Control data, and more.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=fb8197efb8ad5967c1294b05383098ce Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Census and Economic Programs August 22, 2013
Presentation [PDF]


Economic Indicators: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Service (MARTS) – August 20, 2013
The Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services is the earliest available monthly estimates of broad-based retail trade activity and consumer spending. The survey provides reliable measures of current economic activity that are essential to an objective assessment of the need for, and impact of, a wide range of public policy decisions.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=86ac5acfb1721d600f78caef819b9338 Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Construction Put in Place – March 12, 2014
The Construction Spending series (otherwise known as the Value of Construction Put in Place) provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. This includes new residential and nonresidential structures as well as improvements to existing structures.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=3baae2155c29c3e440d7972ff7535857 Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: International Trade in Goods and Services (FT900) – July 25, 2013
The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report is the official source of comprehensive data on imports and exports of goods and services in the U.S. This includes data for the most recent month and year on goods by a number of dimensions, including commodity classification, partner country, state, and port to name a few.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=bbe010daca8366e2b2a52b252a275798 Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership – February 26, 2014
The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership quarterly release provides data on rental and homeowner vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states, and for the 75 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including estimates of the total housing inventory, characteristics of units available for occupancy, and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale units for the U.S. and regions.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=6a0e949b9009d2006c33d93b3a7869d9 Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Sales – February 12, 2014
The Advance Report on Manufacturing that covers shipments, inventories, orders and unfilled orders for manufacturing of durable goods in the U.S. The Full Report includes any revisions to durables from the Advance Report and the addition of the non-durable portion of U.S. manufacturing.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=988ce2054480f13e4f4cf0264a7796fc  Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Monthly Wholesale Trade – January 22, 2014
The Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey is conducted to provide data on the sales and inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, Excluding Manufacturers’ Sales Branches and Offices (MSBOs). The survey provides a reliable measure of current economic activity in the wholesale sector that is essential to an objective assessment of the need for and impact of a wide range of public policy decisions.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=70f5a5e5ec9e66ea86064202fd17929a Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: New Residential Construction and Sales – September 25, 2013
The New Residential Construction series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new privately-owned housing units authorized by permits, started, and completed, as well as the inventories of units authorized but not yet started and units under construction. The New Residential Sales series, provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new houses sold and for sale, as well as the median and average prices of new houses sold.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=0ce9c4ca56640127093a593a6c0e49d8 Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Quarterly Financial Report – January 29, 2014
The Quarterly Financial Report is the sole source of quarterly statistics on the financial results and position of privately and publicly held non-financial corporations in the United States. The program produces statistics on the sales, profits, assets, liabilities, stockholders’ equity, and related financial and operating ratios of corporations in the manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, information, and professional, scientific and technical services (excluding legal services) sectors.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=46cfad9630e194f3c4d18d2b4229648d Link to a non-federal Web site


Economic Indicators: Quarterly Services Survey – March 26, 2014
The Quarterly Services Report is the only source of service industry indicator performance providing estimates of revenue for selected service industries, source-of-revenue estimates for a subset of industries, estimates of total operating expenses from tax-exempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component, as well as estimates of inpatient days and discharges for hospital services.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=077da85f53fe3c26b6be67fb8118ff92 Link to a non-federal Web site


Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinars

These in-depth webinars provide the information necessary to understand the changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Learn about what has changed and how that change will affect you. (Every month we present the same information with different speakers; questions will vary in each session.)

March 6, 2014  - https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=7223af2365f69929da6f71257e471ed7 Link to a non-federal Web site
January 9, 2014 -  https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=798e828b2410bb1f89e1b67b6c8440cf Link to a non-federal Web site
December 12, 2013 -  https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=c99c5763b348a73e42e6d570ad4f9ddc Link to a non-federal Web site
November 7, 2013 -  https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=7e727e1ca2577abe2213454cceebeadc Link to a non-federal Web site
September 5, 2013 -https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=27a0252c675e79dfdc102a4b7d0710b8 Link to a non-federal Web site
August 8, 2013 - https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=ae78163ebc9464980bfc0239c8de27ee Link to a non-federal Web site
July 18, 2013 - https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=ff859df5524c5136266edffdd411b220 Link to a non-federal Web site
July 3, 2013 - https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=ff859df5524c5136266edffdd411b220


Finding the Median Income of Congressional Districts (Tutorial)


Go Global Series: Documentation & Shipping - August 27, 2013
Easily manage your export reporting by learning the do’s and don’ts of the Automated Export System.  Learn more about the benefits of templates, profiles and the shipment manager.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=294f343e53e016b6fba294d16b94eeaa  Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Finding Buyers and Making Contacts (Foreign Agricultural Service) - July 16, 2013
Learn about services for the export of food or agricultural products. You can take advantage of customized export assistance, cost-share export promotions, training, and trade missions.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=dd119510180977fd4d9f7ba39cd605fc Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Finding Buyers and Making Contacts (U.S. Commercial Service) - June 18, 2013
Are you ready to meet foreign buyers? Learn more about trade counseling, business matchmaking, and trade events to help you connect with interested buyers abroad.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=4c51e6b974187c00e2901ac5356e8698  Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Picking Your Market and Trade Research - June 6, 2013
Find out where your products can excel overseas. These detailed and timely trade statistics provide you with information to find international markets for your product.
https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=4ae828d6191c3fc3e0c16a2422fe38e7  Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Preparing Your Business to Export - May 21, 2013
Develop an export business plan to expand your business abroad. Learn about customized counseling, technical assistance and training offered by the Small Business Administration.
https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=1286eeb705bebe7709b98e00dcd024c3Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Trade Financing Part 2 - August 13, 2013
Need more financing options? Learn about working capital programs, lines of credit, credit insurance and much more.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=647e73573ebfebff16a323deb95bae15 Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Trade Financing Part 1 - July 30, 2013
Are you ready to export and are looking for financing? Learn about government-guaranteed loan programs and direct loan programs to help with translating your product literature, participating in foreign trade shows, and funding your export orders.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=3ed414949aa659375313f72b39572929 Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Understanding Export Regulations - September 10, 2013
Save time and money by learning the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. Learn more to avoid common mistakes by making the right decisions regarding your export shipments from day one.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=924472f6f6f485af678de7876acc9118  Link to a non-federal Web site


Go Global Series: Where To Get Started - May 7, 2013  
Learn about the fundamentals of exporting the government assistance available to you at export.gov
https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=99150475c26f492c5e37d218fed91789 Link to a non-federal Web site


How Do I Locate Information About My Community? (Tutorial)


Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Webinar (Media) - September 17, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau held a Web conference today to announce that the 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/lsr.php?RCID=b737ae07ef29d3cc47668af038aca405 Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


On The Map Webinar – June 20, 2013
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=e614e361acc94bdd50c6acac9168682b  Link to a non-federal Web site


Population Finder Statistics (Tutorial)


State & County QuickFacts Data Access (Tutorial)


Ways to Find Census Statistics [PDF] (Presentation)


What do you know about Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files?November 5, 2013
The American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files show the full range of population and housing unit responses collected on individual ACS questionnaires. For example, they show how respondents answered questions on occupation, place of work, and so forth. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with ACS PUMS files, including: organization of the files, confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=4bb664cc7dd03d1e28c7a5cc16145695  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF] | Presentation [PDF]


Using Data to Apply for a Grant - July 11, 2013
In this webinar, the presenter uses a grant scenario to show users how to access population, housing, economic and geographic data from American FactFinder using the Guided and Advanced Search.
https://census.webex.com/census/lsr.php?RCID=e93d725369823a5ed40baacc17df48b0  Link to a non-federal Web site

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office | 301- 763-4308 or clmso.training@census.gov |  Last Revised: April 18, 2014