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Small Area Health Insurance Estimates — These 2006 estimates show the demographic characteristics of people with and without health insurance coverage for every state and county in the nation. They are based on models combining data from a variety of sources, including the Current Population Survey, Census 2000, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program, County Business Patterns and administrative records. They are the only source for county-level estimates of health insurance coverage status until this fall, when single-year estimates from the 2008 American Community Survey for all geographic areas with total populations of 65,000 or more are released. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early August.)
America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2007 — Who are America's stay-at-home moms? Do they tend to have more or less education than mothers in the workforce? Are they younger or older? This report from the Current Population Survey provides a look at the basic trends in household and family composition. It also shows state-level variation in the kinds of households children live in, such as married-couple families, unmarried-partner households and single-parent families. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early August.)
State and County Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2008 — St. Bernard Parish, La., part of the New Orleans metro area, had the highest growth rate of housing units of any county in the nation last year. Updated estimates of the nation's housing stock at the national, state and county levels for 2008 will show whether this parish, hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, continues to lead the country. (Tentatively scheduled for release in mid-August.)
2009 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns: 1999-2007 — A look at capital expenditure patterns reveals data about firms with and without employees, expenditures for structures and equipment, and expenditures for major industry sectors. The data comes from the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey. (Scheduled for release Aug. 4.)
2007 Economic Census: Mining Industry Series — This is a series of national-level data files on the mining sector (NAICS 21). These include data for industries such as crude petroleum, natural gas, gold, silver, iron, copper, lead, sand, gravel and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, shipments, payroll, number of employees, value of product shipments and other data items by industry. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early August.)
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for August — Profile America is a daily, 60-second audio feature that uses interesting vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau. Upcoming segments include the premature development of the "First Plastic Car" (Aug. 5) and getting a lift from the "First Hotel Elevator" (Aug. 23).
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(Since July 17, 2009)
Printing of 2010 Census Forms Begins — July 23 — The first 2010 Census forms begin rolling off the presses in July in preparation for Census Day -- April 1, 2010. The forms are the shortest in census history, with just 10 questions requiring about 10 minutes to complete.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb09-cn17.html>.
Commerce Secretary Locke Swears In Groves as Census Bureau Director — July 22 — Seven former Census Bureau directors, as well as hundreds of Census Bureau employees and members of the statistical community, witnessed Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke publicly swear in Robert M. Groves as the 23rd director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/directors_corner/cb09-cn18.html>.
Commerce Secretary Locke Appoints Medrano as Vice Chair of 2010 Census Advisory Committee — July 21 — Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has named Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano as vice chair of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census Advisory Committee, which provides advice on the design and implementation of the 2010 Census.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb09-cn16.html>.
2010 Census Promotional Videos Win Numerous Awards — July 20 — A series of 2010 Census promotional videos have won several prestigious Telly Awards as well as a Videographer Award of Excellence -- awards that honor the best in video production.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb09-cn15.html>.
Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008 — July 20 — Voting and registration rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections. These new tables from the Current Population Survey examine how many people went to the polls, who went to the polls and why some people did not vote. Voting rates are available by state, including by age, sex, race and Hispanic-origin.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/voting/cb09-110.html>.
An Aging World: 2008 — July 20 — An examination of demographic and socioeconomic trends regarding the world's population of people 65 and older. Explores topics such as health, disability status, gender balance, marital status, living arrangements, education and literacy, labor force participation and retirement and pensions.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/aging_population/cb09-108.html>.
2007 County Business Patterns — July 30 — U.S. businesses with employees added more than 100,000 establishments in 2007. The report provides data for more than 3,100 counties on the number of establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for the nation's 7.7 million businesses with employees.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/county_business_patterns/cb09-120.html>.
Quarterly Public-Employee Retirement Systems Survey: 1st Quarter 2009 — July 30 — This survey provides quarterly summary data on assets, revenue and expenditure of the largest public-employee retirement systems in the United States, which comprise about 85 percent of national activity among such entities. It provides the most current data about investment decisions by public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These reports are published four months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.
Public Education Finances: 2007 — July 27 — Public schools in New York spent $15,981 per pupil in 2007, the most of any other state or state equivalent. On average, each state spent $9,666 per pupil in 2007. This report from a census of public school districts offers a comprehensive look at revenues, expenditures, debt and assets. Highlights include spending on salaries, construction, support services, administration and transportation.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb09-113.html>.
2007 Economic Census: Construction Industry Series — July 27 — This is a series of national-level data files on the construction sector (NAICS 23). These include data for residential and nonresidential building contractors, civil engineering and specialty trade contractors, builders, remodelers, industrial and commercial construction and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, value of business done, payroll, the number of employees and other data items by industry.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/construction_industries/2009-07-27_economic_census.html>.
2007 Business Expenses for Wholesale and Retail Trades — July 27 — This supplement to the annual surveys of wholesale and retail trades provides detailed data on business operating expenses. Expense data, along with cost of goods sold and sales, is one of the key ingredients used by market researchers to develop a profit/loss analysis. This expense data covers such items as labor costs, expensed materials and supplies, purchased advertising, rent, utilities and depreciation.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/retail_industries/2007_business_expenses_for_who.html>.
2007 Economic Census: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industry Series — July 27 — This is a series of national-level data files on the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (NAICS 71). These include data for industries such as performing arts companies, spectator sports, museums, amusement parks, casinos, marinas and others. The files provide data on the number of establishments, receipts or revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line receipts or revenue and other data items by industry. These data will be released through December.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_census/2009-07-27b_economic_census.html>.
Consolidated Federal Funds Report: 2008 and Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2008 — July 23 — These two reports provide an overview of federal spending at the national, state and county levels. The data are obtained from federal agencies and describe spending for procurement contracts, salaries and wages, direct payments, loans and insurance, as well as federal grants to state and local governments.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb09-112.html>.
2007 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for the U.S. Virgin Islands — July 21 — The 2,583 businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands' economy generated $19.5 billion in sales and employed 35,300 people, with $1.1 billion in annual payroll. The U.S. Virgin Islands is a U.S. territory in the Caribbean. The economic census — conducted every five years — profiles the territory as a whole, and the three islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas) and towns individually for businesses with paid employees.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_census/cb09-111.html>.
Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sept. 20-26) — July 21 — The third full week of September is dedicated to recognizing the nation's singles and their contributions to society. The Census Bureau presents statistics about this group from its demographic and economic subject areas.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb09-ff18.html>.
Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for June — Profile America segments included an ironic salute to what's bad for you in "Junk Food" (July 21) and paving with more than good intentions in "First Asphalt Road" (July 29).
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>.
2010 Census: A New Portrait of America — New versions of this informational video (including one in Spanish) address varied audiences and explain how the 2010 Census will benefit people of every race and ethnicity. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete and accurate count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation's history. It shows data collection operations in action. Running times vary (3-5 minutes).
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/portrait-of-america/index.php?v,n1>.
2010 Census Address Canvassing B-Roll — April kicked off the Census Bureau's extensive program to check addresses nationwide. Field representatives are using hand-held computers to update the address information so that 2010 Census questionnaires can be mailed or delivered to every address. Running time: 2:00.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.
Hand-Held Computer Demonstration — Close-up demonstration of the hand-held computer used to verify addresses, add new addresses and delete addresses that have no housing unit associated with them (see above) in preparation of the 2010 Census. Running time: 2:14.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/>.
Online Testimonial Gallery — Short statements of support for 2010 Census participation from key partners. Spokespersons stress the importance of answering the census questionnaire, the ease in responding and the benefits an accurate census brings to the nation and communities. Running times vary (generally 1-2 minutes).
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/testimonials/testimonials-partner/index.php?v,n22>.
2010 Census Address Canvassing — April kicked off the Census Bureau's extensive program to check addresses nationwide. Photos show field representatives using hand-held computers to update the address information so that 2010 Census questionnaires can be mailed or delivered to every address.
Internet address: <http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/2010-census-timeline/address-canvassing/index.php?p,n34>.