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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

A product of the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office

Oct. 18, 2013 TP13-20


Note: Economic Indicators — Now that the government has re-opened, we are working aggressively to identify when these key data sets can be released. We expect to release a revised economic indicator release calendar in the very near term.


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.


Income and Earnings Estimates for 2011 — This table package presents annual and monthly income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for 2011 from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Annual and monthly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race and ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment, are reported. This survey collects information over a period of time on the incomes, earnings and the participation in government programs of the non-institutionalized U.S. population. (Scheduled for release Oct. 22.)

Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2012 — The third annual report from the Census Bureau describing research on this measure, which complements, but does not replace, the official measure. The report compares U.S. 2012 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups. In addition to the national-level statistics, the report presents supplemental poverty estimates for states using three-year averages (2010-2012). It also compares national 2011 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 supplemental poverty estimates and examines the effect of excluding individual resource or expenditure elements. (Tentatively rescheduled for November.)

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011 — This biennial report focuses on the child support income that the nation's custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support, such as health insurance and noncash assistance. New to this year's report is information on how the extent of a child's contact with the noncustodial parent influences whether the custodial parent receives the full amount of child support due. The data, from the Current Population Survey, are national-level only. (Scheduled for release in early November.)


Economic Indicators — Now that the government has re-opened, we are working aggressively to identify when these key data sets can be released. We expect to release a revised economic indicator release calendar in the very near term.

Business Dynamics Statistics Visualization Tool — This online tool has three major components: an interactive thematic map for the 50 states, interactive bar charts that give side-by-side comparisons of states and sectors, and an interactive time series that also gives side-by-side comparisons over a range of time.

Coverage contained in the Business Dynamics Statistics ranges from 1977 to 2011 and provides insight to job creation and loss during the most recent recession and before. Economic measures such as employment, number of establishments and number of firms can be analyzed for a single year or multiple years. (Tentatively scheduled for release in early November.)

Facts for Features

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November — To commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, the Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics about this race group. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Veterans Day: Nov. 11 — The Census Bureau will honor those who served in the armed forces by highlighting a wide range of statistical information on U.S. veterans. (Scheduled for release in November.)

Holiday Season (Dec. 25) — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Nov. 27-Dec. 5) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release in November.)

Training Opportunities

Census Bureau Offers Training Opportunities — Webinars are available to help the public access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free sessions, lasting about 60 to 90 minutes, show how to use Census databases and mapping tools, find demographic and economic statistics at a local or national level and provide quick links for answers to frequently asked questions about accessing statistics.

The following courses are offered in the next few weeks:

  • Introduction to DataFerrett (Thursday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. ET)
  • 2013 Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. ET)
  • Go Global Webinar Series: Avoiding and Solving Problems — International Trade Administration (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. ET)
  • 2013 Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Quarterly Financial Report — Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries (Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. ET)
  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinar (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. ET)

Descriptions for each of the upcoming sessions are available on our educational resources page. No registration is needed to join the webinar. Login details will be provided one week before a webinar.

Archived Training Resources — Visit the Census Bureau's new Training Resources Library for free, previously recorded trainings that are available for use at your convenience. The library includes presentations, recorded webinars, tutorials and other helpful materials.



Profile America for October — Profile America segments include coming clean in "Washing Machine" (Oct. 26).

The daily features are available at <>, 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 <>.


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 19 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

Recently Released

(Released since Sept. 20, 2013)


Foreign-Born: 2011 — Sept. 26 — These sets of tables are from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey and include detailed statistics on the foreign-born population. The tables provide information on a wide-range of topics including age and sex, marital status, education, employment, occupation, income, earnings and poverty. These topics are available at the national level by citizenship status, year of entry, world region of birth and generation. More recent and local statistics are available through the American Community Survey. Internet address: <>.

HIV/AIDS Database Update — Sept. 25 — This compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths is updated to include new data for more than 100 countries. Major updates include new data for China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Cameroon. The database focuses on HIV/AIDS surveillance data for countries and areas with at least 5,000 population, with the exception of Northern America (including the United States) and U.S. territories. Public health surveillance involves the collection, analysis and use of data to provide public health prevention resources where needed. Internet address: <>.


Government Organization Summary Report: 2012 and Individual State Descriptions — Sept. 26 — The updated counts of governments are a complete enumeration of state and local governments that were in existence on June 30, 2012. These counts are an update to the August 2012 preliminary release and reflect the final enumeration of governments from the 2012 Census of Governments. Conducted every five years, the census of governments provides the only uniform source of statistics for the nation's state and local governments. These statistics allow for in-depth trend analysis of individual governments and provide a complete, comprehensive and authoritative benchmark of state and local government activity.

In conjunction with this release, the Individual State Descriptions publication provides summaries of the organizational structure for each state. The summaries are divided according to the five basic types of local governments recognized for the Census Bureau's classification of government entities — county, municipal, township, school district and special district governments. Internet address: <>

Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue for 2013: 2nd Quarter — Sept. 24 — 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 addresses: <> and <>.

Summary of the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2013: 2nd Quarter — Sept. 23 —This quarterly 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 <>. Internet address: <>.

Facts for Features

Manufacturing Day: Oct. 4 — Sept. 30 — As part of the nationwide celebration of Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4, this release highlights a wide range of statistics pertaining to the manufacturing industry. Statistics from Census Bureau surveys, such as the County Business Patterns and Annual Survey of Manufactures, are included in the release. Internet address: <>.



Profile America for October — Profile America included a calculated response in "Crunching Numbers" (Oct. 6). Internet address: <>.

News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: July 15, 2014