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March 22, 2013 TP13-06

Upcoming

2013 Product Calendar — The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2013. The products are listed in the Census Bureau's online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

American Community Survey

Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of U.S. Metropolitan Areas from 2009 to 2011 and Physical Characteristics of Housing: 2011 — Two briefs covering the housing market are profiled in this release. Physical Characteristics of Housing: 2009-2011 highlights statistics on basic physical and structural characteristics of the total housing inventory at the national level and for metropolitan statistical areas based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2009 to 2011. The report examines types of housing structures, newer and older houses, and the size of the houses measured by the number of rooms.

Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of U.S. Metropolitan Areas from 2009 to 2011 examines four characteristics of the rental housing stock, including gross rent, gross rent as a percentage of household income, rental vacancy rates, and renter share of total households and describes significant changes between 2009 and 2011 based on the results of the American Community Survey. (Scheduled for release in early April.)

Demographic

Extraction Tool for Local Employment Dynamics Data — A beta version of a new tool will allow users to extract data for all 30 Local Employment Dynamics Quarterly Workforce Indicators, including measures of employment, turnover, hiring, job creation, job destruction and average monthly earnings. Primarily for advanced users, the new tool will allow users to extract data in comma separated value (.csv format) for specific geographies and industries without first downloading large data sets.  (Scheduled for release March 28)

Estimates of Income and Earnings by Selected Demographic Characteristics: 2011 Fourth Quarter — Using data collected by the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the fourth quarter (October, November and December) of 2011. Also, quarterly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment are presented.  Monthly income and earnings estimates for individuals, families, and households are also provided for the fourth quarter of 2011. (Scheduled for release April 2.) 

Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011 — Report and accompanying detailed tables provide data on child care arrangements of preschoolers and grade-schoolers by various demographic characteristics of employed and nonemployed mothers. They also examine the size of weekly child care payments made by selected characteristics of the family and analyze historical trends. The statistics are national level and come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Also being released are a series of related maps and detailed tables on child care facilities per capita at the state and county levels, from the 2007 Economic Census. (Scheduled for release April 3.)

Computer and Internet Use: 2011 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from July 2011, the Computer and Internet Access in the United Statesreport provides household and individual level analysis of computer use and Internet access, as well as a profile of individual smartphone usage. Analysis of the level of connectivity individuals have to the Internet is also provided. (Scheduled for release in April.)

Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Reports — Results from one of the oldest continuing and most comprehensive recreation surveys. Includes information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers, as well as how often they participate and how much they spend on their activities. The reports are being released on a state-by-state flow basis alphabetically by state name during the first half of 2013. The list of reports that have been released so far can be found at <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html>.

Economic

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 4th Quarter 2012 — This summary shows quarterly tax revenue statistics on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Statistics are shown for individual state governments as well as national estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962.

Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/govs/qtax/>. (Scheduled for release March 26.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 4th Quarter 2012 — This quarterly survey (formerly known as the Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems Survey) provides national summary statistics on the revenues, expenditures and composition of assets of the 100 largest state and local public employee retirement systems in the United States. These 100 systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. This survey presents the most current statistics about investment decisions by state and local public employee retirement systems, which are among the largest types of institutional investors in the U.S. financial markets. These statistical tables are published three months after each calendar quarter and show national financial transactions and trends for the past five years. For more information, please visit <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>.

Historical data from the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions is available in the Census Bureau's Economic Indicator Database <http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/>. (Scheduled for release March 28.)

Information and Communication Technology — These statistics estimate capitalized and noncapitalized spending in 2011 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and computer software at the sector level, as well as at the North American Industry Classification System three-digit and selected four-digit industry level. The estimates provide policymakers and the private sector with a relevant, timely and more accurate measure of U.S. companies' total investment in ICT equipment.

These statistics are important for federal agencies to assess future productivity and economic growth prospects, and reconcile important differences between reported production and consumption of technology. Rapid changes in ICT equipment result in these assets having shorter useful lives and being replaced at a much faster rate than other types of equipment. As a result, rather than capitalizing the value of such assets and expensing the cost over two or three years, companies often expense the full cost of such assets during the current annual period. Statistics based only as capitalized expenditures may substantially underreport ICT spending. (Scheduled for release March 28.)

2012 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections — This survey provides an annual summary of taxes collected by state for up to 25 categories, such as property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and others. Data also provide details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments.

Internet site: <http://www.census.gov/govs/statetax/> (Scheduled for release April 11.)

Facts for Features

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May) — We celebrate the contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans to our nation with a host of statistical information on this group. Statistics are included for Asians as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders covering demographics and businesses. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Mother's Day: May 12, 2013 — Flowers, perfume and jewelry are all popular gifts given on this special day honoring our nation's moms. This fact sheet presents statistical information from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic subject areas on these and many other topics pertaining to this observance. (Scheduled for release in March.)

Cinco de Mayo — "The Fifth of May," a national holiday in Mexico, has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. This edition presents a wide array of statistical information about the population of Mexican origin. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 1.)

Hurricane Season (June 1) — The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November. The Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these dramatic acts of nature. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 1.)

Father's Day (June 16)— The Census Bureau honors "dear old dad" with a collection of statistical information from its demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to Father's Day, from stay-at-home dads to time spent with their children. (Scheduled for release in April.)

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March and April — Profile America segments include the all-American affirmation in "Coining A Phrase" (March 25) and finding closure in "Safety Pins" (April 10).

The daily features are available at <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

"America by the Numbers" on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" — Tune in each Friday morning to C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" for insight into key official statistics from the Census Bureau and other statistical agencies. Poverty, childbearing, education, health, the economy - topics discussed focus on the key issues of the day. The program highlights the trends and allows people to call in or email their views. More information is available at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/>.

Apps

Stay Connected to the Economy with Census Bureau 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 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.

Recently Released

(Released since March 8, 2013)

American Community Survey

2006-2010 County-to-County Migration Flows Mapper Tool and 2006-2010 County-to-County Characteristics Migration Tables — March 19 — Based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2006 to 2010, the county-to-county migration tables give added information on the paths of the 17.3 million people who moved to another county. The tables provide the current county of residence, the county of residence one year ago and the estimated number of movers between the counties. Additional tables provide the same information broken down by selected characteristics: age, sex, race or Hispanic origin.

The Census Bureau has developed its first beta version of an online mapping tool called Census Flows Mapper. It is an interactive application that allows users to select a county in the U.S. and view the outbound, inbound and net migration flows for that county. Additionally, users can choose flows based on characteristics such as age, sex, race or Hispanic origin. The application also allows users to download the data for the flow they have selected, zoom in and out on the map to an area of interest, view additional statistics of the selected county and print their map to a PDF file. Internet address:
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-52.html>.

Demographic

Household Debt in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011 and Measuring the Wealth of U.S. Households — March 21 — The first study and accompanying detailed tables examine the median value of debt and percent holding debt for households, by type of asset owned and various characteristics of the householder (race and Hispanic origin, age, education, type of household, labor force activity, income quintile, net worth and tenure). The statistics, from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, are provided for the nation and regions. The second study and associated detailed tables examine the median value of assets and percent holding assets for households in 2011 by type of asset owned and householder characteristics similar to those explored in the household debt study. Internet address:
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/cb13-51.html>.

Disability Employment Tabulation 2008-2010 — March 14 — This tabulation, based on data collected during the American Community Survey from 2008 to 2010, provides in-depth labor force characteristics of people with a disability, such as employment status, occupation, education and earnings. Additionally, the tabulation provides information about the disability status and diversity of the labor force across several variables, including sex, race, Hispanic origin, age and citizenship. Internet address:
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-47.html>.

County, Puerto Rico Municipio, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Area Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 — March 14 — Internet tables showing population estimates, rankings and components of change for the nation's counties, county equivalents, metro and micro areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2012. Internet address:
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-46.html>.

Facts for Features

Earth Day: April 22 — March 12 — Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for our planet's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day — and Earth Week (April 16-22) — this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment. Internet address:
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff08.html>.

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March — Profile America included coming clean in "Inventive Society Lady" (March 8) and a vintage success story in "American Wines" (March 21).  Internet address:  <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

Population Change in U.S. Counties and Metro Areas, Live on C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Half of the country's population growth last year occurred in the 46 counties with the largest numeric population gains out of all 3,143 U.S. counties. Find out more on Friday, March 22, 2013, at approximately 9 a.m. EDT as Marc Perry, chief of the Population Distribution Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, discusses statistics about population estimates and components of change for the nation's counties and metro areas since the 2010 Census. Each Friday, C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" segment features information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights the trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/>.

Apps

InformationWeek Features Census Bureau's "America's Economy" As One of Most Helpful Government Apps — March 18 — The U.S. Census Bureau's "America's Economy" mobile app was recently featured by InformationWeek as one of 10 helpful mobile apps from the government. To date, "America's Economy" has more than 85,750 downloads. Free and easy to use, "America's Economy" is available for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. The app, in partnership with BLS and BEA, combines data to provide users with a better picture about the health of the U.S. economy. Visit <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb13-tps30.html>.

News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <pio@census.gov>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014