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April 5, 2013 TP13-07

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.

2010 Census

2010 Census Congressional District Summary File (113th Congress) — This summary file contains the same subject-matter content as the 2010 Census Summary File 1 — age (including single years of age), sex, race and Hispanic or Latino origin (including detailed population groups), household type, relationship, population in group quarters, whether the residence is owned or rented (tenure) and vacancy status — retabulated for the congressional district boundaries of the 113th Congress. These congressional district boundaries were submitted by state officials following the legislative redistricting that occurred after the 2010 Census. The file provides data for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; congressional districts; and selected geographic entities within the congressional districts: counties, county subdivisions, census tracts, places, American Indian and Alaska Native areas, and Hawaiian home lands. A demographic profile, quick tables and geographic comparison tables from this dataset will be available in the near future. You can find more information on congressional districts through the redistricting data website. (Scheduled for release April 11.)

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 April 16.)

Demographic

International Programs E-Learning Courses — The Census Bureau provides instruction on how foreign countries can conduct their own censuses and surveys. (Scheduled for release May 9.)

Computer and Internet Use: 2011 — Based on Current Population Survey statistics from July 2011, the Computer and Internet Access in the United States report 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.)

Economic Characteristics of Households in the United States: Third Quarter 2011 — This set of tables examines the role of government-sponsored benefit programs and the labor market among the nation's people and households within the economic climate of the third quarter of 2011. Specifically, it presents statistics on average monthly income, participation in government-sponsored social welfare or social insurance programs, and labor force activity during the period. (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

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

County Business Patterns: 2011 — These statistics provide the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for nearly 1,200 industries covered at the national, state and county levels. (Scheduled for release April 30.)

Facts for Features

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. (Scheduled for release April 8.)

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. (Tentatively scheduled for release April 16.)

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for April — Profile America segments include the end of Prohibition on tap in "Beer Is Back" (April 7) and the House comes to order in "Assigned Seating" (April 14).

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 22, 2013)

Demographic

Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011 — April 3 — 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 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/children/cb13-62.html>.

Estimates of Income and Earnings by Selected Demographic Characteristics: 2011 Fourth Quarter — April 2 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-tps39.html>.

Extraction Tool for Local Employment Dynamics Data — March 28 — A beta version of a new tool allows 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 allows users to extract data in comma separated value (.csv format) for specific geographies and industries without first downloading large data sets. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/employment_occupations/cb13-tps35.html>.

Economic

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 4th Quarter 2012 — March 26 — 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/> and <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb13-tps32.html>.

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions: 4th Quarter 2012 — March 28 — 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/> and
<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-tps33.html>.

Information and Communication Technology — March 28 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_surveys/cb13-tps34.html>.

Facts for Features

Mother's Day: May 12, 2013 — April 3 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff11.html>.

Hurricane Season (June 1) — April 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff10.html>.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May) — March 27 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff09.html>.

Multimedia

Audio

Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for March and April — Profile America segments included going by the Book in "Women in Divinity School" (March 30) and what it means for the beans in "Daily Grind" (April 3). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

"Fast Food, Diet and Nutrition Among Americans" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Today, nearly 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese, with the average man 33 pounds heavier than in 1960. On April 5, at approximately 9:15 a.m. EDT as Cynthia Ogden, nutritional epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics discusses how diet, nutrition, calories, carbohydrates and added sugars all play a role. 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

Track Our Economy Using the Census Bureau's Mobile App

Check out the Census Bureau's mobile app, "America's Economy," for several key Census Bureau economic indicators over the next four weeks:

Week of April 1-5 — Construction Spending for February 2013 (April 1); Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for February 2013 (April 2); U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services for February 2013 (April 5).

Week of April 8-12 — Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for February 2013 (April 9); Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services for March 2013 (April 12); Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales for February 2013 (April 12).

Week of April 15-19 — New Residential Construction for March 2013 (April 16).

Week of April 22-26 — New Residential Sales for March 2013 (April 23); Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders for March 2013 (April 24).

Week of April 29-30 — Housing Vacancies for the First Quarter 2013 (April 30).

In addition, the Commerce Department will release two indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis: Gross Domestic Product for First Quarter 2013 (first estimate, April 26) and Personal Income and Outlays for March 2013 (April 29). The Commerce Department will also release a Bureau of Labor Statistics economic indicator, The Employment Situation for March 2013 (April 5).

All these indicators may be accessed 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. <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>

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: July 15, 2014