Category Archives: Statistics

Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation: Geographic Differences and Trends, 2012

Source: Craig Copeland, Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Issue Brief #392, November 2013

From the summary:
Retirement plan participation varies widely by type and characteristics of both workers and employers. In 2012, 39.4 percent of all workers (or 61.6 million Americans) participated in an employment-based retirement plan, compared with 39.7 percent and 61.0 million in 2011. But among full-time, full-year wage and salary workers ages 21 to 64—those with the strongest connection to the work force—53.5 percent participated.

Being nonwhite, younger, female, never married; having lower educational attainment, lower earnings, poorer health status, no health insurance through one’s own employer; not working full time, full year, and working in service occupations or farming, fisheries, and forestry occupations were all associated with lower levels of participation in a retirement plan. …

County Tracker 2013: On the Path to Recovery

Source: Emilia Istrate and Nick Lyell, National Association of Counties, NACo Trends Analysis Paper Series, Issue 1, January 2014

From the press release:
An analysis of annual changes of four economic performance indicators— economic output (GDP), employment, unemployment rates and home prices—between 2012 and 2013 across the 3,069 county economies reveals that:
– Growth continued in 2013, but the recovery is still fragile in some parts of the country. …
– ​​Large county economies were at the core of the recession and the recovery. …
– Employment in medium-sized county economies was more stable during the recession, but had a mixed record in 2013. …
– By 2013, the recovery in small county economies covered the entire scale of potential outcomes. …

How Public-Sector Employment Fared in 2013

Source: Mike Maciag, Governing, January 10, 2014

Most governments didn’t shed large numbers of jobs in 2013, but they didn’t begin to ramp up hiring either. … State and local government employment remained flat last year, still failing to recover jobs lost in the aftermath of the recession. Nationally, the public sector job market of 2013 looked a lot like 2012. Most governments didn’t shed large numbers of jobs, but they didn’t begin to ramp up hiring, either. Job estimates published Friday indicate local governments collectively added 33,000 jobs last year, an increase of only 0.2 percent….

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2009–2011

Source: Ashley N. Edward, U.S. Census Bureau, Household Economic Studies, P70-13, January 2014

From the press release:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31.6 percent of Americans were in poverty for at least two months from 2009 to 2011, a 4.5 percentage point increase over the prerecession period of 2005 to 2007. Poverty was a temporary state for most people; however, 3.5 percent of Americans were in poverty for the entire three-year period. The report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2009-2011, traces a sample of U.S. residents through the Survey of Income and Program Participation — statistics are presented by various demographic and socio-economic characteristics, and statistical comparisons are made to data collected from 2005 to 2007….

Who Counts as Poor in America?

Source: Simone Pathe, PBS NewsHour, Business Desk blog, January 8, 2014

…Politics aside, it’s almost universally recognized that the official poverty measure (OPM) doesn’t paint a complete picture of poverty in America…. The poverty measurement leaves out many people. Unrelated kids under 15 living together (like in a foster home) don’t count as poor. Nor do people who live in institutional group quarters (college dorms, nursing homes or military barracks). And in perhaps the cruelest irony, people without “conventional housing (and who are not in shelters)” (i.e., the homeless) aren’t part of the official poor. … The Census Bureau recognizes that the poverty thresholds are not intended to be “a complete description of what people and families need to live.” And as we know from our own coverage of what constitutes a living wage across the country, the bare minimum it takes to survive — or the Self Sufficiency Standard — varies geographically. The official poverty measurement doesn’t account for the difference between stretching $28,000 in Seattle and New York City. …
How Much Do You Need to Survive: An Interactive Guide to the Living Wage
Source: PBS NewsHour, Business Desk blog, November 4, 2013

Population and Housing Unit Estimates 2013

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, December 30, 2013

From the press release:
As our nation prepares to begin the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected that on Jan. 1, 2014, the United States population will be 317,297,938. This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013. In January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds. The projected world population on Jan. 1, 2014, is 7,137,577,750, an increase of 77,630,563, or 1.1 percent from New Year’s Day 2013….

…The latest estimates of total population for the United States, States, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth – for July 1, 2013 – were released December 30, 2013.

2013 National Total Population Estimates
2013 State Total Population Estimates
2013 Puerto Rico Commonwealth Total Population Estimates

Correctional Populations in the United States, 2012

Source: Lauren E. Glaze, Erinn J. Herberman, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 243936, December 19, 2013

From the abstract:
Summarizes data from various correctional collections to provide statistics on the number of offenders supervised by the adult correctional systems in the United States. Adult correctional systems include offenders supervised in the community under the authority of probation or parole agencies and inmates held in state and federal prisons or local jails. The report examines the size and change in the total correctional population, the impact of changes in the community supervision and incarcerated populations during 2012, and the declining rate of offenders under correctional supervision over the past 5 years. The report also describes the impact of the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 on changes in California’s correctional populations and its broader impact on the U.S. correctional populations. Appendix tables provide additional information on other correctional populations, including prisoners under military jurisdiction, inmates held by correctional authorities in the U.S. territories and commonwealths, and jail inmates held in Indian country facilities.

– About 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at yearend 2012, declining by about 51,000 offenders during the year.
– The decrease during 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of decline in the U.S. correctional population.
– Although the correctional population declined by 0.7% during 2012, this was the slowest rate of decline observed since 2009, when the population first decreased.
– In 2012, about 1 in every 35 adults in the United States, or 2.9% of adult residents, was on probation or parole or incarcerated in prison or jail, the same rate observed in 1997.
– An estimated 1 in every 50 adult residents was supervised in the community on probation or parole at yearend 2012, compared to 1 in every 108 adults incarcerated in prison or jail….
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Debunking Republican Claims about Coverage Losses under the Affordable Care Act

Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Minority Staff, December 2013

From the press release:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a new report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new report finds that contrary to claims by Republican critics, five million Americans will not lose coverage in 2014 due to the ACA. Even if one assumes the reported number of initial cancellations is accurate, the number of individuals who are unable to renew pre-ACA coverage, enroll in subsidized coverage, or access a catastrophic plan is likely under 10,000 people, which is just 0.2% of the estimate made by opponents of the Affordable Care Act….

Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics, Series 10, Number 259, December 2013

This report presents both age-adjusted and unadjusted health statistics from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Estimates are disaggregated by sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, education, family income, poverty status, health insurance coverage (where appropriate), place of residence, and region of residence. The topics covered are respondent-assessed health status, limitations in activities, injury and poisoning episodes, health care access and utilization, and health insurance coverage. Nearly 7 in 10 persons were in excellent or very good health in 2012. About 40 million persons (12%) were limited in their usual activities due to one or more chronic health conditions. About 5 million persons (2%) required the help of another person with activities of daily living, and about 10 million persons (4%) required the help of another person with instrumental activities of daily living. Among persons under age 65, about 45 million (17%) did not have any health insurance coverage. The most common reason for lacking health insurance was cost, followed by a change in employment…