Category Archives: Statistics

Fast Facts: About Social Security, 2007

Source: Angela Harper, Social Security Administration, SSA Publication No. 13-11785, September 2007

Fast Facts & Figures answers the most frequently asked questions about the programs SSA administers. It highlights basic program data for the Social Security (retirement, survivors, and disability) and Supplemental Security Income programs.

See also:
Annual Statistical Supplement, 2007 (forthcoming December 2007)

Fast Facts and Stats: Registered Nurses in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Fact Sheet, October 2007

• Quick Facts on Registered Nurses (RNs)
• Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members.
• Registered Nurses (RNs) continue to be the healthcare occupation with the largest employment-2.5 million jobs. This is nearly three times the number of physicians and surgeons at 863,000.

Charting the U.S. Labor Market in 2006

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2007

From the summary:
This report, Charting the U.S. Labor Market in 2006, includes graphs and text describing the U.S. labor market in 2006. Highlights include information about educational attainment, race and Hispanic ethnicity, women, and families.

These data were compiled from several statistical programs of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are presented together to give an overview of the employment and unemployment situation for the nation that presents both recent data and historical trends over time.

Census Bureau News for New Data on Residents of Adult Correctional Facilities, Nursing Homes and Other Group Quarters

Source: U.S. Census, Press Release, CB07-CN.11, September 27, 2007

New data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau provide the first social and economic characteristic profiles of the people living in group quarters — such as adult correctional facilities, college dorms and nursing homes — in nearly three decades.

“This release marks the first in-depth look at the characteristics of the nonhousehold population since the 1980 Census,” said Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon. “These are important data to understand as decision makers grapple with policies that impact the people who live in these facilities.”

The latest data from the American Community Survey also include profiles of more than 100 race and ethnic group iterations such as blacks, Chinese and Mexicans. In addition, profiles for 72 ancestry groups, from Afghani to Welsh, are also available.

• Links to the primary documents that this summary reports can be accessed in the upper right corner of this web page.

State of the Industry Report 2007: Setting the course for a brighter future

Source: John Mann and Jon Runge, Journal AWWA, Vol. 99 no. 10, October 2007
(subscription required)

From the summary:
The State of the Industry (SOTI) survey, now in its fourth year, has compiled a wealth of trending data on the water industry. These data–reflecting input from utility representatives, service providers, and other professionals across the United States and Canada–help illuminate the water industry’s current and future concerns.

BEA Introduces New Measures of the Metropolitan Economy Prototype Estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Metropolitan Area, 2001-2005

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Press Release, BEA 07-45, September 26, 2007

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released experimental measures of economic output produced in the Nation’s metropolitan areas. GDP by metropolitan area is the measure of the market value of final goods and services produced within a metropolitan area in a particular period of time. GDP is BEA’s preferred and most comprehensive measure of economic activity. Metropolitan (statistical) areas, defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, are standardized county-based areas having at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core, as measured by commuting ties.
See also:
Real GDP by Metropolitan Area, 2001-2005 tables

New Census Bureau Data Reveal More Older Workers, Homeowners, Non-English Speakers

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, CB07-CN.10, September 12, 2007

The U.S. Census Bureau today released annual data on key social, economic and housing characteristics for the nation, states, and geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Covering topics ranging from language to education, from family size to work commute, the American Community Survey (ACS) provides annual data that help decision makers and
planners better respond to change.
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FedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capabilities to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.

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To profile your State, county, Federal judicial district, or congressional district use MapStats

State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)
– Department of Housing and Urban Development

Working in the 21st Century

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2007

Working in the 21st Century is a portrait of the U.S. workforce at the beginning of the New Millennium: a set of charts and related information about subjects ranging from education levels to retirement plans.

You can view a “slideshow” of the chartbook on this website: START HERE.

You can go directly to any topic or chart that appears in Working in the 21st Century by clicking on it in the Table of Contents below; links are also provided to PDFs of the charts and to text files that contain the numbers underlying the charts. You can return to this Working in the 21st Century home page by clicking on “Chartbook Home” on any HTML page of the chartbook.

BJS – Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts Series

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, annually since 1980

Bureau of Justice Statistics – Expenditure and Employment Statistics: “Since 1980, these data have been extracted from the Census Bureau’s Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment. This series includes national and State-by-State estimates of government expenditures and employment for the following justice categories: police protection, all judicial (including prosecution, courts, and public defense), and corrections. Federal data for the same categories are also included, as are data for the largest local governments (counties with populations of 500,000 or more and cities with populations of 300,000 or more). The unit of analysis in the CJEE is the government. For example, the corrections employment reported for any particular State represents the total of all correctional personnel employed by that State regardless of which prison, probation office, or other corrections agency employ them. Annually since 1980.”
See also:
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data