Monday, May 4, 2015

Measuring America: Transportation Alternatives

“Transportation Alternatives by Census Region,” a new infographic in the Measuring America series, highlights household public transportation use with statistics from the 2013 American Housing Survey. It summarizes regional differences in public transportation use and expense, the type of public transportation used most frequently, and walking and biking accessibility. The American Housing Survey is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Internet address.

Transportation Alternatives by Census Region

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Friday, May 1, 2015

1 in 4 renters spend half their income on housing, a paycheck away from homelessness

For more than one in four renters in the US, housing and utility costs take up at least half of their family's income, according to a new analysis of Census data. That number is up 26 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.

Rising rents and stagnant wages are pushing more Americans into rental agreements, according to an analysis by Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing advocate. More than 36 percent of Americans rent housing as compared to 31 percent before the recession began.

The analysis found:
- 11.25 million families pay at least half of income for rent
- 6.4 million families headed by women pay at least half of income for rent
- Low income families paying at least 50% on rent spend about 40% less on food than those with affordable rents

The states most impacted by rising rents and stagnant wages are Florida, New Jersey, California and New York. In these states, 30 percent of renters are using at least half their income on rental housing and utilities.

The situation is nearly as dire across the nation.

More from RT.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2015

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.
In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.
19.4 million 
The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2013 who were Asian, either one race or in combination with one or more additional races. Source: 2013 Population Estimates <>
6.1 million 
The Asian alone or in combination population in California in 2013. The state had the largest Asian population, followed by New York (1.8 million). The Asian alone population represented 37.7 percent of the total population in Hawaii. Source: 2013 Population Estimates <>

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Demographic Characteristics of Business Owners and Employees: 2013

the Office of Advocacy released Demographic Characteristics of Business Owners and Employees: 2013, the second annual issue brief on business owner demographics. This year’s issue brief also includes how business owners differ from employees. This comparison is important for measuring the overall economic well-being of the economy including the economic incentives for entrepreneurship.

The issue brief is available on Advocacy’s website here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sacramento Tops Large Counties in Employment Growth Rate

2013 County Business Patterns
Information Sector Posted Fastest Job Growth
      Among the 50 largest counties with the most employees, Sacramento, Calif., had the highest rate of employment growth among all sectors between 2012 and 2013 (up 5.5 percent to 428,475), according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Sacramento was followed by two Texas counties: Travis (up 4.9 percent to 514,749) and Harris (up 4.7 percent to 2.0 million). Annual payroll in Sacramento rose 9.9 percent to $20.9 billion for the same period.
      Delaware led all states in rate of employment growth between 2012 and 2013 with employment levels climbing 5.1 percent to 382,128, followed by Washington (up 3.5 percent to 2.4 million) and California (a 3.5 percent increase to 13.4 million). Payroll in Delaware increased 6.7 percent to $19.5 billion.
      Nationally, employment in the information sector (NAICS 51) of the nation’s economy rose 4.1 percent between 2012 and 2013 to 3.3 million, besting every other sector in rate of growth. The sector also saw its payroll rise 7.0 percent to $273.3 billion and its payroll per employee climb 2.8 percent to $83,677.
      These new findings released this week are from County Business Patterns: 2013, which provides the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for nearly 1,200 industries at the national, state and county levels.
      “The 2013 County Business Patterns provide the first snapshot of business activity locally since the 2012 Economic Census was conducted,” said William Bostic, the Census Bureau’s associate director for economic programs. “Its findings show the extent to which high-speed global communications and networking drives our economy.”
      The information sector’s gains were propelled by the data processing, hosting and related services subsector (NAICS 518), which added more than 87,000 employees from 2011 to 2013 (a rate of growth of 21.9 percent). This subsector includes establishments that specialize in application and Web hosting, video and audio streaming services, and application service providers.
      A related subsector, other information services (NAICS 519), saw employment levels rise 22.4 percent over the 2011-2013 period, adding more than 40,500 employees. Other information services include establishments such as news syndicates, firms that publish and/or broadcast exclusively to the Internet, Web search portals, libraries and archives. In contrast, a more traditional information subsector, broadcasting (except Internet) (NAICS 515), experienced a 5.7 percent employment gain over the 2011-2013 period, adding just over 15,000 employees.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hard-hitting Series on Food Service Industry Wins Pulitzer

The food service industry is the province of kitchen workers who must enlist government investigators to collect the bare minimum that the law entitles them to receive; wait staff who earn a punishingly low $2.13 per hour nationally in exchange for tips whose distribution is often controlled by management; and fast-food employees who work for chains that explicitly advise them to apply for food stamps and other government aid to supplement their unlivable pay.”

This excerpt from a Boston Globe editorial by Kathleen Kingsbury, “For restaurant workers, fair conditions not on the menu,” sums up the problems that plague one of the country’s largest industries. It’s part of her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on food service workers, “Service Not Included,” that illustrates a sad reality: too many people are worker harder but still falling farther behind.

More from The US Department of Labor blog.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Estimates of U.S. Population by Age and Sex: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014

A downloadable file containing estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex has been released on the Population Estimates webpage

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

State Government Tax Revenue Rises for Fourth Year in a Row

Gas Money
      State government tax revenue increased 2.2 percent, from $847.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to $865.8 billion in 2014, the fourth consecutive increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections.
      General sales and gross receipts taxes drove most of the revenue growth, increasing from $258.9 billion to $271.3 billion, or 4.8 percent. Severance taxes increased 6.0 percent, from $16.8 billion to $17.8 billion, and motor fuel taxes increased 3.4 percent, from $40.1 billion to $41.5 billion.
      “The Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections provides a comprehensive look at the fiscal health of state governments,”