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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.
Estimates of National, State and County Population by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: July 1, 2013 — Is your county aging or becoming more youthful? Does any particular group - or racial and ethnic minorities collectively - comprise the majority of residents there? Are there states and counties that have more men than women? Each of these questions will be answered by the national-, state- and county-level population estimates cross-tabulated by these demographic characteristics. Internet tables show annual estimates since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2013. (Embargo starting at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 24 for public release at 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 26.)
The 65+ in the United States: 2010 — This report analyzes demographic and socio-economic characteristics for the 65-and-older population. It updates trends for a range of topics, including geographic distribution, longevity, health, poverty, work and retirement. Data used in this report are from the 2010 Census and nationally representative surveys, such as the Current Population Survey, American Community Survey and National Health Interview Survey. (Scheduled for release in June.)
Changes in Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010 — Uses data from the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey to analyze changes in the spatial distribution and socio-economic characteristics of people living in "poverty areas" (i.e., any census tracts with a poverty rate of 20 percent of more). (Scheduled for release in late June.)
2012 Economic Census: First Manufacturing Industry Series Data — These are the first in a series of national-level data files on the Manufacturing sector in the U.S. The files provide data on the number of establishments, shipments, payroll, number of employees, value of product shipments and other data items by industry. The first industries to be released include guided missiles and space vehicles, and beet and cane sugar (Scheduled for release June 17.)
Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2014: 1st 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. (Scheduled for release June 26.)
2012 Economic Census — Three more in a series of national-level data files on specific industries to be released through February 2015. The files provide data on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line sales and other data items for these three industries. (Tentatively scheduled for release in late June.)
2012 Economic Census — Industry Series: Breweries; Wineries; Ice Manufacturing; and Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers — Four more in a series of national-level data files on specific industries to be released through February 2015. The files provide data on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line sales and other data items for these four industries. (Schedule for release July 1.)
2012 Economic Census Industry Series — Continuing on a flow basis through February 2015, this series contains national-level statistics from the twice-a-decade economic census for specific industries on the number of employees and establishments, payroll and total revenues. It also includes detailed statistics on the product lines sold or services provided by businesses. For a listing of industries for which data have been released over the last two weeks, see <http://www.business.census.gov>
The Fourth of July — On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, the most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue, fireworks and parades, flags and backyard barbecues across the country. (Scheduled for release in June.)
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.
Registration — Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your intent to attend the class - this will serve as your registration and reserve your seat. Class size is limited, so the first 20 people to register will be accepted to the class.
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 June and July — Profile America segments include a banner day in "Stripes and Bright Stars" (June 14) and the course of human events in "Taking Liberties" (July 4).
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 Friday mornings 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/>.
(Released since May 30, 2014)
Story Maps Illustrate Metro Area and County Population Change — June 10 — The U.S. Census Bureau released two interactive thematic maps on population change. The first map shows the difference a decade has made in population change patterns in metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. This is possible through swiping between a map covering the 2002-2003 period and the other 2012-2013. The second map shows the extent of population growth in each county between 2012 and 2013 and identifies the primary source of that population change (such as natural increase or net migration). In addition, Director Thompson's recent trip to North Dakota is chronicled on a story map.These maps use software from Esri. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-tps45.html>.
English-Speaking Ability of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2012 — June 10 — Uses statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey to focus on the relationships between English-speaking ability and place of birth, level of education and years spent living in the U.S. Statistics are provided for the nation and states. English version (includes news graphic): <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/foreignborn_population/cb14-105.html> and Spanish version (includes news graphic): <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/en_espanol/cb14-105sp.html>.
Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2012 — June 6 — This table series provides a range of social and economic characteristics for the foreign-born population and their children and is the only federal source of data on the "second generation" and "third-and-higher generation" populations. These data were collected from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/population/foreign/data/cps.html>.
Reasons for Moving: 2012 to 2013 — June 5 — Presents an in-depth look at 18 common primary reasons people cited for moving during the previous year, along with an "other" for write-in responses that did not fit into any of the provided options. This is the Census Bureau's first report on this topic since 2000. These data, which are national-level only, come from the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. Internet address (includes news graphic): <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/mobility_of_the_population/cb14-109.html>.
2012 ZIP Code Business Patterns — June 12 — Provides data on the number of business establishments by employment-size class for detailed industries. Statistics are provided for about 40,000 ZIP codes nationwide. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>.
2013 Characteristics of New Housing — June 2 — Using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Construction, which is jointly funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this report provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned residential structures in the four U.S. regions. The report includes characteristics such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of exterior wall material, the buyer's source of financing and the structure's square footage. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/housing/cb14-tps40.html>.
2012 Economic Census: First Industry Series Data — June 2 — These are the first in a series of national-level data files on specific industries to be released through February 2015. The files provide data on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees, value of product line sales and other data items by industry. The first industries to be released include transit and ground passenger transportation, monetary authorities-central bank, and security and commodity exchanges. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/economic_census/cb14-103.html>.
Profile America for June — Profile America included junior achievement in "Patently Precocious" (June 4) and the pomp and circumstance of "Cap and Gown" (June 11). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio>.
New Data Sets Available in Census Bureau API — June 5 — The U.S. Census Bureau added several data sets to its application programming interface, including 2013 population estimates and 2012 nonemployer statistics.
Data sets now available in the API are:
U.S. Census Bureau Reports Value of American Flag Imports and Exports — June 13 — In celebration of Flag Day, the U.S. Census Bureau released a new graphic showing the value of U.S. imports and exports of American Flags in 2012. Learn more about the Census Bureau's foreign trade statistics here.
International Database News Graphic — June 12 — A new graphic using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base shows the populations of the 32 participating countries in this year's football tournament and past champions. The combined population of this year's participating countries is 1.9 billion. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-tps47.html>.
D-Day: 70th Anniversary (news graphic) — June 6 — To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, known as D-Day, the Census Bureau presents data on the number of World War II veterans at different points since 1960. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-tps43.html>.
Infographic Profiles State Government Tax Collection Trends — June 5 — A new "Measuring America" infographic focuses on the sources of state tax revenue and on the 2012-2013 changes for each state. The infographic draws on the state tax collection statistics previously released on April 8 (http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb14-62.html). Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/how/infographics/state_tax.html>.