Category Archives: Statistics

2011 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, August 9, 2012

From the press release:
The nation’s state-administered defined benefit retirement systems totaled $2.5 trillion in cash and investment holdings in 2011, a 14.6 percent increase from $2.2 trillion in 2010, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Earnings on investments were $410.6 billion, up from $291.1 billion in 2010. These statistics come from the 2011 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data, which provides an annual look at the financial activity and membership information for the nation’s 222 state-administered public-employee retirement systems, including revenues, expenditures, investment holdings, membership and beneficiaries. Statistics are shown for the nation and individual states. This information includes actuarial liability statistics, which project the total obligation required to cover costs for providing pensions to former and present employees.

See also:
Summary Report
Source: Erika Becker-Medina, U.S. Census Bureau, G11-ASPP-ST, August 2012

2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012

From the press release:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline.

Over the period of roughly 2005 to 2011, the improvements in children’s health and education include a 20 percent decrease in the number of kids without health insurance; a 16 percent drop in the child and teen death rate; an 11 percent reduction in the rate of high school students not graduating in four years; and an 8 percent reduction in the proportion of eighth-graders scoring less than proficient in math.

The 2012 Data Book indicates kids and families nationwide are still struggling economically in the wake of the recession. In 2010, one-third of youths had parents without secure employment — an increase of 22 percent, or about 4 million children, in just two years. From 2005 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty rose by 2.4 million.
See also:
Data Book U.S. and state profiles
Definitions and sources
National and State Press Releases
National Fact Sheet
National Fact Sheet (Spanish)

State Rankings:
Overall Rank
Economic Well-Being Rank
Education Rank
Health Rank
Family and Community Rank
Interactive Wheel

The Doctor is Out to Lunch: ALEC's Recommendations Wrong Prescription for State Prosperity

Source: Peter Fisher, Iowa Policy Project, July 24, 2012

…The policy prescriptions laid out in the ALEC report embody the right-wing agenda of ALEC: reduction or abolition of progressive taxes, fewer government services, weaker or non-existent unions. To attain the highest ranking would require a state to have no individual or corporate income tax, no estate or inheritance tax, no state minimum wage, severe tax and expenditure limits and very limited public services. It also would have to be a so-called “right-to-work state” — that is, it would provide no right for employees to negotiate a union contract that requires all employees who benefit from the contract to pay a share of the costs of negotiating it. Laffer and company have been arguing for five years that adoption of such policies is the sure-fire prescription for state growth and prosperity. The better a state ranks on their index of 15 such policies, the better its economic outlook, they say.

So how should we assess the economic performance of states and the validity of the ALEC Economic Outlook Ranking? A good place to start is with the set of performance measures that the ALEC report itself relies on: growth in state GDP (Gross Domestic Product), growth in nonfarm employment, growth in per capita income, and growth in population. ALEC would be disappointed. Simply put, the ALEC Outlook Ranking fails to predict economic performance. … In fact, the less a state followed ALEC’s prescriptions,
the better it did in terms of job growth, and the worse it did on change in poverty rate and median income…

Occupational Injuries among U.S. Correctional Officers, 1999-2008

Source: Srinivas Konda, Audrey A. Reichard, Hope M. Tiesman, Journal of Safety Research, Volume 43, Issue 3, July 2012
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From the abstract:
This study describes fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries among U.S. correctional officers…. While workplace violence is the primary cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among correctional officers, transportation events and bodily reactions are also leading causes of occupational injury. Future research is needed to identify risk factors unique to these events and develop appropriate prevention and intervention efforts….This study adds to the literature on occupational injuries among correctional officers and provides a national level description of fatal and nonfatal injuries across a 10-year period. Given that assaults and violent acts, transportation events, and bodily reaction and exertion were significant injury events, future research should describe detailed injury circumstances and risk factors for correctional officers unique to these events. This would allow appropriate prevention and control efforts to be developed to reduce injuries from these events…

► There were 113 fatalities among correctional officers from 1999–2008. ► Eighteen officers were killed by inmates from 1999–2008. ► Nonfatal work-related injuries were estimated at 125,200 over 10 years. ► Violent acts were responsible for 45% of fatal and 38% of nonfatal injuries. ► Transportation related events were responsible for as many deaths as assaults.

American Time Use Survey Summary – 2011 results

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release USDL-12-1246, June 22, 2012

In 2011, 16 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over were eldercare providers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This and other information about eldercare providers and the time they spent providing care were collected for the first time in the 2011 American Time Use Survey (ATUS). This release also includes the average amount of time per day in 2011 that individuals spent in various activities, such as working, household activities, childcare, and leisure and sports activities. For afurther description of ATUS data, concepts, and methodology, see the Technical

Allied Health: Anatomy of a Growing Industry

Source: U.S.News University Connection, 2012

Over the past several years, even as the recession raged and the recovery crawled, the allied health industry provided millions of Americans jobs in dozens of growing professions. That growth, according to government projections, is expected to continue this decade, meaning a degree or certificate in allied health could be a good bet for job seekers. The graphic below highlights some of the allied health careers expected to grow the fastest in the coming years.

Allied Health Careers
Infographic by U.S. News University Directory, your source for the Best Allied Health Programs Online.

Trends in U.S. Corrections

Source: The Sentencing Project, July 4, 2012

From the summary:
Trends in U.S. Corrections is a visual tool that provides a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.

Among the issues featured in this collection are:
• Rate of incarceration from 1925 to 2010
• International comparisons of incarceration rates
• Changes in the drug offender composition of prison populations over time
• Racial/ethnic disparities by gender in incarceration
• Increases in the number of people serving life sentences and life without parole since the 1980s
• Trends in the number of juveniles held in adult prisons and jails since 1985
• Increases in state corrections expenditures from 1985 to 2010

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2004 to 2007 and 2009 — Who Gets Assistance?

Source: Jeongsoo Kim, Shelley K. Irving, and Tracy A. Loveless, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Household Economic Studies, P70-130, July 2012

From the summary:
Almost 45 million people, or 18.6 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, participated in one or more major means-tested assistance programs each month in 2009. These statistics come from a new report that examines the participation and characteristics of people who received benefits from any of the major means-tested assistance programs including: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamp, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Housing Assistance. The statistics come from the 2004 and 2008 Panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation and cover calendar years 2004 through 2007 and 2009.

Police Deaths Fall 43% In First Half of 2012

Source: Paul Clinton, POLICE, July 09, 2012

The number of line-of-duty deaths fell precipitously during the first half of 2012, as law enforcement agencies focused on officer safety measures, experts told POLICE Magazine.

Through June, 53 officers lost their lives on duty compared to the 94 who were killed through the same period of 2011, a 43.6% drop. It was a 39% drop from the 87 officers killed in 2010. There were fewer police deaths in the period than during any other first half of a year since at least 2000, according to statistics provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

America's Direct-Care Workforce

Source: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), PHI Facts 3, May 2012

From the summary:
By 2020, the direct-care workforce — nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides — is projected to be the nation’s largest workforce at 5 million workers, according to a new PHI analysis available in PHI FACTS 3: America’s Direct-Care Workforce (pdf).

Home care jobs — both home health aide and personal care aide positions — are the nation’s fastest-growing jobs, projected to increase over the decade 2010-2020 at an astounding 69 and 71 percent, respectively. Nursing aide, orderly, and attendant positions are expected to increase by 20 percent. Together these jobs will add an additional 1.6 million jobs to the economy.

Comprising nearly a third (30.6 percent) of the entire U.S. health care workforce, direct-care workers far outnumber other health care practitioners, including physicians, nurses, and therapists. These workers also outnumber all those employed in allied health occupations, such as medical and dental assistants, and physical therapy assistants and aides, by nearly three to one.