Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How Nonemployed Americans Spend Their Weekdays: Men vs. Women

From the New York Times:
Every year, the American Time Use Survey asks thousands of Americans to record a minute-by-minute account of one single day. For many “prime-age” adults, those between the ages of 25 and 54, a significant chunk of time on weekdays is taken up by work. But for the almost 30 million prime-age Americans who don’t work, a typical weekday looks far different.
Nonworkers spend much more time doing housework. Men without jobs, in particular, spend more time watching television, while women without jobs spend more time taking care of others. And the nonemployed of both sexes spend more time sleeping than their employed counterparts.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Annual Survey of Manufactures: 2013

National-level data for manufacturing industry groups and industries at the three-, four-, five- and six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels. Provides statistics on employment, payroll, supplemental labor costs, cost of materials consumed, operating expenses, value of shipments, value added by manufacturing, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories. 
Also provides statistics for each state and the District of Columbia as well as product shipments statistics at the seven-digit product class level. Survey statistics are released annually except for years ending in 2 and 7, at which time they are included in the manufacturing sector of the economic census. Internet address:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, which was released today.
Imposter scams – in which con artists impersonate government officials or others – moved into third place on the list of consumer complaints, entering the top three complaint categories for the first time. The increase in imposter scams was led by a sharp jump in complaints about IRS and other government imposter scams. Debt collection held steady as the second-most-reported complaint.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Women’s History Month: March 2015

National Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.
161 million    
The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million.Source: Monthly Postcensal Resident Population: 7/1/2013 – 12/1/2013 <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2012/2012-nat-res.html>
2 to 1
At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2013 (4.0 million to 2.0 million). 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 2: A Great Day for Reading!

What better day to promote children’s literacy than Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2? It’s the last day for schools to apply for $1,000 needs-based awards to buy books, and the first day for kids to enter a $10,000 scholarship competition.
And it’s a great day for upping your kids’ interest in books year-round. Read Across America Day, a National Education Association event, aims to do just that. The NEA site offers:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2014 Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics

These statistics provide vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the U.S., regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Data for all geographies are available both quarterly and annually. Homeownership rates are also tabulated by age of householder for the U.S. and regions and by race/ethnicity of householder and by family status for the U.S. In addition, estimates of the total housing inventory and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale-only units are available for the U.S. and regions.

Monday, February 23, 2015

FRASER - the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research

Here are additions to FRASER since its relaunch in October 2014. FRASER - the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research - has added thousands of new items to its free digital library of economics and banking history and offers a wealth of primary and secondary sources for economics and history researchers, and now offers integration with the citation manager Zotero.

Highlights of the new additions include:

* Bulletin of the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the late 1800s through the early 1920s, including historic reports on women and minority labor conditions

* Annual Reports of the FDIC from the first issue in 1934 through 2013

* Publications of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, including the magazine Econ Focus, the research journal Economic Quarterly, and more than 300 working papers

* Policy statements and speeches of the presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 1914 - present

* Thousands of additional statistical releases from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 1914 - present

Find FRASER at https://fraser.stlouisfed.org. Follow @FedFRASER on Twitter for updates on new collections and items added, interesting photos and documents, and glimpses into US economic history. FRASER librarians are also available at historical@fraser.stlouisfed.org for reference questions.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How the Census Bureau classifies political and statistical geographic entities

Here's the link to the video recording of a lecture that Michael Ratcliffe, Census Bureau, gave two years ago in a distance learning class organized by Cornell. The topic concerns how the Census Bureau classifies political and statistical geographic entities.

The first 1 hour and 25 minutes are Michael's presentation, and the remainder is second half of the class in which Lars Vilhuber, Cornell, deals with citations in scholarly work—especially citing data. If metadata is your thing you may want to view that lecture as well.