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2014 Product Calendar — The Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for each regular and recurring statistical product expected to be released in 2014. The products are listed in the Census Bureau's online product calendar, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.
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 Jan. 23.) (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.)
Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 2009-2011 — Analytical report on the duration of poverty spells and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation. It focuses on episodic and chronic poverty, length of poverty, exits from poverty and the characteristics of the affected population. (Scheduled for release Jan. 7.)
Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials — The Census Bureau's first-ever report on the number and characteristics of adults with educational credentials other than academic degrees, such as a professional certification or license, or educational certificate. The data, based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation, pertain to fall 2012. (Scheduled for release Jan. 16.)
National and State Population Estimates with Components of Change: July 1, 2013 — Population estimates will be available on American FactFinder for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. The estimates will include annual components of change (births, deaths and migration) as well as monthly national estimates since the 2010 Census. (Scheduled for release Jan. 23.)
Annual Survey of State Government Finances: 2012 — Annual statistics show detailed summaries of state revenue (such as taxes, federal aid and lottery receipts), expenditures (such as public welfare, highways, and parks and recreation), indebtedness and assets. (Scheduled for release Jan. 23.)
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. (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 — 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.)
Valentine's Day: Feb. 14 — To celebrate this holiday, the Census Bureau highlights a range of information including statistics on chocolates, flowers, jewelry and marriage. (Scheduled for release in January.)
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 weeks:
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.
Profile America for December — Profile America segments include getting paid in "Minimum Wage" (Jan. 5) and a hair-raising event in "National Static Electricity Day" (Jan. 9).
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/>.
Find Your Ideal Place with Census Bureau's Newest App — A Census Bureau 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/>.
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QuickFacts, a Census Bureau Data Tool, Now Updated with Latest American Community Survey Statistics — Dec. 20 — The Census Bureau's data tool for quickly finding facts about counties, cities and states is now updated with the latest 2008-2012 American Community Statistics. QuickFacts provides users with a variety of demographic, economic and housing characteristics on their communities and those around them. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb13-tps109.html>.
Census Explorer — Dec. 17 — The U.S. Census Bureau released Census Explorer, a new interactive mapping tool that gives users easier access to neighborhood level statistics. The mapping tool uses updated statistics from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS). The new application allows users to map out different social, economic and housing characteristics of their state, county or census tract, and to see how these areas have changed since the 1990 and 2000 censuses. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-215.html>.
Census Bureau Researcher Receives Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics — Dec. 16 — John Haltiwanger — a senior research fellow in the U.S. Census Bureau's Research and Methodology Directorate — is a co-recipient of the 2013 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb13-217.html>.
2008-2012 American Community Survey Statistics — Dec. 17 — More than 40 social, economic and housing topics are available through the American Community Survey statistics. The statistics cover five years of data collection and are available for all communities in the nation, regardless of size, down to the block group level. For example, health insurance coverage statistics are now available for the first time at the neighborhood level. The Census Bureau also released Census Explorer, a new interactive mapping tool to give users easier access to these neighborhood level statistics. The tool includes statistics from the 1990 and 2000 censuses and shows different characteristics about states, counties and neighborhoods. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-215.html>.
American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes for the United States, Regions, Divisions, States, and Puerto Rico: 2010 — Dec. 19 — This set of 66 statistical tables shows the numeric distribution of the American Indian and Alaska Native population by tribe from the 2010 Census. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/cph-t/cph-t-6.html>.
International Data Base — Dec. 19 — The International Data Base has been updated to include revised estimates and projections for 16 countries or areas incorporating new data or analysis. One of the countries in this update is Mexico, whose 2013 population is now projected to be 2.2 percent larger than the previous estimate primarily because of lower estimates of emigration since 2000. For more information on Mexico and 227 more countries or areas, visit <http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb>.
Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2013: 3rd Quarter — Dec. 19 — 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/>.
Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb13-tps106.html>.
2012 Service Annual Survey — Dec. 18 — 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. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/service_industries/cb13-218.html>.
Profile America for December — Profile America included speaking in tongues in "Foreign Languages" (Dec. 14) and going 'round in circles in "Earth Orbit" (Dec. 18). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.
"An Inside Look at U.S. Consumers" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Dec. 27 — Consumer spending, adjusted for inflation, grew for the 13th consecutive month in November 2013. Nicole Mayerhauser, chief of the National Income and Wealth Division at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, discussed misperceptions about U.S. consumers and unearthed interesting tidbits about their behavior over the last several decades. 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/>.
"How U.S. Students Compare Internationally" Live on the C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" Segment of "Washington Journal" — Dec. 20 — Compared with their international peers, U.S. 15-year-old students scored below average in math and about average in science and reading. Over the last decade, U.S. scores have been mostly flat. On Dec. 20, Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, discussed statistics from the Program for International Student Assessment. 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 questions and views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/>.