Monday, October 5, 2015

Watch 35 Years of the World’s Economy Evolving as a Living Organism

A lot has happened to the global economy over the last 35 years. The forces of economic liberalization, globalization, and the rise of the multinational corporation have all left their mark. Many countries have benefited over this period, but some have suffered. Others have not really changed much in terms of their global economic position.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Economic Census Geographic Area Releases: Mining is complete

Currently the economic census is releasing the Geographic Area Series, which provides detailed geographic data for all applicable sectors. Data are released on a flow basis by sector by state. The table below lists the states that have been released for each sector in the last month. A complete list of what has been released to date is available on

Mining has been released for All 50 States and Offshore Areas.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Completion of 2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series: Accommodation and Food Services

The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for accommodation and food services.  The accommodation and food services sector includes establishments primarily engaged in providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks and beverages for immediate consumption. Geographic Area Series data are presented for the nation, statescombined statistical areas, metropolitan statistical areascounties and economic places. The Geographic Area Series provides detailed statistics by subsectors and industries on the number of establishments, sales, payroll, and employment and other data items by industry. Internet address: <>.

State and County Migration Data, 2013–2014

The State- and county-level migration data for 2013-2014 for the United States are now available on Tax Stats. These data show the migration between both States and counties in separate datasets. These datasets use the methodological improvements made to SOI’s United States population migration data and are not comparable with prior years. The data include migration flows at the State level, by size of adjusted gross income and age of the primary taxpayer.

Migration data are based on year-to-year address changes reported on individual income tax returns filed with the IRS. The data present migration patterns by State or county for the entire United States and are available for inflows (the number of new residents who moved to a State or county and where they migrated from) and outflows (the number of residents leaving a State or county and where they moved to).

Friday, October 2, 2015

Manufacturing Day: Oct. 2

In recognition of this fourth annual observance, the Census Bureau joins a group of public and private organizations in celebrating the importance of the manufacturing sector of the nation’s economy. The economic census, the Census Bureau’s most comprehensive source of information on American businesses and the economy, began collecting statistics on the manufacturing sector in 1810. In addition to the economic census, the Census Bureau releases manufacturing statistics from a multitude of surveys, including the Annual Survey of Manufactures, multiple economic indicators, and the Survey of Business Owners, to name a few. Today, our manufacturing statistics help paint a picture of the U.S. economy and the role this sector plays in it. Among some of the web pages that serve as a gateway to these data are:
·          Manufacturing Day home page — The homepage offers an array of previously released and new data products relevant to Manufacturing Day. Featured among these products is the Industry Snapshot for Manufacturing and the recently released Manufacturing and International Trade Report. New content is also available, including an infographic with a five-year comparison of the top 10 manufacturing subsectors of the economy using statistics from the Economic Census Manufacturing Summary Series as well as a link to today’s Director’s blog. A comprehensive infographic with the most recent year’s data from several key programs tracking the nation’s manufacturing industries will be added as it becomes available. Internet address: <>.
·          Profile America’s Stats for Stories: Manufacturing Day — Stats for Stories provides reporters and the public a one-stop shop for timely, relevant statistics and resources about observances not covered by the Facts for Features series. This edition includes links to manufacturing datasets from a variety of surveys, including but not limited to the Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders; the Annual Survey of Manufactures; County Business Patterns; the Capital Spending Report; and multiple series from the economic census, including the Economic Census of Island Areas. Internet address: <>.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to be #CyberAware. There are plenty of ways to participate.
  • Are you tech savvy, but maybe your friends or family members aren’t? Check out the easy-to-share videos — and spread some good karma on social media with #CyberAware. Here’s a good one to share.
  • Are you a parent or teacher? Check out the Net Cetera resources for tips on starting the conversation with kids about online safety.
  • Does your company collect and use personal information? Learn how to protect it with the Start with Security resources for businesses.
  • Have you been a victim of identity theft? Visit for step-by-step advice that can help you limit the damage, report identity theft, and fix your credit.
Order any of the free materials for your National Cyber Security Awareness Month events, and to share with your family, friends, co-workers, and community. Place your free order at
However you choose to participate this October, raise awareness on how to be safe, secure, and responsible online.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Did You Receive a Letter from the Census Bureau?

The next Census Survey won’t take place until 2020. But, the Census Bureau recently sent out a letter to 1.2 million households asking them to fill out the 2015 National Contest Test.

The goal of the test is to improve questions and participation by testing out Internet options. If you received this letter, it’s not a scam and you are required by law to fill it out. By responding, you are helping to improve the survey and test out some cost saving measures for the Census.

For more information, read the 2015 National Contest announcement and the section on frequently asked questions concerning the test.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Applying for U.S. Citizenship? Fees Are Now Payable via Credit Cards

Paying fees for U.S. naturalization paperwork just got a little easier. Effective September 19, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept credit cards as a way to pay for your naturalization application (Form N-400, $595) and your biometrics fee ($85). In the past, only checks or money orders were accepted.

When paying by credit card, you will also need to fill out form G-1450, authorizing the use of your card for the transaction. Be sure to attach it to your application form for mailing.

Learn more about becoming a U.S. Citizen through naturalization.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Does green label = green product? It should.

How do you decide which products to buy? Price tags, product labels and ads likely play a part in your choice. They tell you about ingredients, how much product you get for the price, and whether a product has qualities that matter to you — like being environmentally safer. Since labels, ads and product claims influence our spending choices, it’s important they give us accurate and complete information.
The FTC sets guidelines for truth in advertising, including green advertising, and holds companies accountable for the claims they make. According to the FTC’s Green Guides, if a marketer puts a green seal or certification on products, it has to explain what the seal or certification is based on and it has to be specific. For example, a marketer could say the product is ‘biodegradable’ or ‘recyclable.’ It’s not enough for a seal to just say ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly;’ in fact, that could be deceptive. After searching online, the FTC found 32 marketers and five certifiers using seals with vague or incomplete wording, and sent letters warning them to review their ads.
You can read more from the FTC about green advertising claims, shopping green and making choices that are good for the environment.