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Dec. 13, 2013 TP13-24

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

2008-2012 American Community Survey Statistics — Statistics that cover five years of data collection will be available for all places, including many neighborhoods. A new interactive mapping tool — which will also include statistics from the 1990 and 2000 censuses — will show different characteristics about states, counties and neighborhoods. There will be no embargo associated with this release. (Scheduled for release Dec. 17.)

A webinar providing guidance on how to access and use these statistics will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. (EST). The webinar will also include a demonstration of Census Explorer — an interactive map that allows users to display social, economic and housing characteristics of their state, county or census tract since the 1990 and 2000 censuses — and a question-and-answer session.

Demographic

State Population Estimates: July 1, 2013 — Internet table will show July 1, 2013, population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico, as well as corresponding annual estimates since the 2010 Census. (Estimates of components of change and monthly national population will be made available in a separate release in January.) (Scheduled for release Dec. 30.)

New Year's Day Population — The Census Bureau will ring in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2014. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates, as well as a projection of the world population. (Scheduled for release Dec. 30.)

Economic

2012 Service Annual Survey — This annual business survey provides the most comprehensive national statistics available on service activity in the United States. Sectors include transportation and warehousing; finance and insurance; educational services; and arts, entertainment, and recreation, to name a few. The statistics show operating revenue and expenses for both taxable and tax-exempt firms and organizations, sources of revenue and expenses by type for selected industries, and selected industry-specific items. The survey also provides e-commerce revenue for all industries and export revenue and inventory data for selected industries. (Scheduled for release Dec. 18.)

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2013: 3rd Quarter — 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 <http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/>. (Scheduled for release Dec. 19.)

Facts for Features

Black History Month: February — To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, the Census Bureau presents a collection of demographic and economic statistics about the black community. (Tentatively scheduled for release in January.)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17) — You may not find a pot of gold at the end of this edition of Facts for Features, but you will find it useful and informative nonetheless. It is filled with statistical information from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas on the nation's Irish-American population and other facets of this celebration of all things Irish. (Scheduled for release in January.)

Women's History Month: March 2014 — In commemoration of this annual observance highlighting and celebrating the varied and historic accomplishments of women, this edition provides statistical information on topics such as earnings, education, business ownership, voting, occupations, military service and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)

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 course is offered in the next weeks:

  • Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey Summary File (Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m.)

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 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.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for December — Profile America segments include being a Scrooge in "Dickensian Tale" (Dec. 19) and paying a bachelor tax in "Singled Out" (Dec. 20).

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).

Apps

Find Your Ideal Place with Census Bureau's Newest App — A new mobile app named "dwellr" can help people on the go access key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and total population drawn from the American Community Survey. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/>.

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 20 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/mobile/economy/>.

Recently Released

(Released since Nov. 27, 2013)

Census Bureau's Wolfisch Recognized as Top Innovation Leader — Dec. 4 — Lisa Wolfisch, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Web and Social Media Branch, has been named a top innovator by FierceGovernmentIT's "Fierce 15," a list of the 15 most innovative employees working in government information technology. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb13-207.html>.

Demographic

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2012 — Dec. 12 — Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty statistics available for all sizes of counties and school districts. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-214.html>.

2012 Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin Table Packages — Dec. 11 — These tables from the 2012 Current Population Survey include detailed social and economic statistics for age groups, the Hispanic population, the black population and the Asian population. These tables are also available for previous years and are only available at the national level. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/race/cb13-tps103.html>.

Multimedia

Radio

Profile America for November and December — Profile America included having a drink in "Prohibition Ends" (Dec. 5) and stopping at a motor hotel in "Lodging" (Dec. 12). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.

Audio

New Infographic Focuses on Participation in Government Programs — Participation in government benefits programs, both means-tested and non-means-tested, grew during the recent downturn. A new "Measuring America" infographic, "Changes in Use of Government Programs from 2008 to 2011," uses results from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to show changes over that period in households that receive benefits, as well as participation in specific non-means tested and means-tested programs. "Measuring America" Infographics: <http://www.census.gov/how>.

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