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Census Bureau Economic Data Show Electric Power Generation Using Renewable Energy Growing

November 18, 2014 Comments off

Census Bureau Economic Data Show Electric Power Generation Using Renewable Energy Growing
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, according to new economic census statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. These industries that use renewable energy resources consist of hydroelectric power generation (NAICS 221111), four newly delineated industries — wind (NAICS 221115), geothermal (NAICS 221116), biomass (NAICS 221117) and solar electric power generation (NAICS 221114) — and one newly defined category of other electric power generation (NAICS 221118).

In the 2007 Economic Census, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar electric power generation were included in the broad “other electric power generation” industry (NAICS 221119). By the 2012 Economic Census, these industries had been broken out separately, with the “other electric power generation” industry limited to only tidal electric power generation and other electric power generation facilities not elsewhere classified. Among the newly delineated industries (wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and other electric power generation), the number of establishments more than doubled in five years, from 312 in 2007 to 697 in 2012.

“As industries evolve, so does the Census Bureau to continue to collect relevant data that informs America’s business decisions,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “Industries that use renewable energy resources are still relatively small, but they are rapidly growing.”

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Full-Time, Year-Round Employment More Prevalent Among Gulf War Veterans Than Nonveterans, Census Bureau Analysis Finds

November 18, 2014 Comments off

Full-Time, Year-Round Employment More Prevalent Among Gulf War Veterans Than Nonveterans, Census Bureau Analysis Finds
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

A new report, “The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans,” looks at those Gulf War veterans who began service on or after August 1990, the official start of the first Gulf War. It differentiates between “Gulf War I” veterans — those who served only during the August 1990 to August 2001 period — and “Gulf War II” veterans — those who served September 2001 or later or served in both periods. “Working age” is defined as between the ages of 18 and 64.

According to the report, during the 2011-2013 time period:

Men and women veterans from both Gulf War eras were more likely to be employed in full-time, year-round jobs than their nonveteran counterparts.

Facts for Features: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014

November 17, 2014 Comments off

Facts for Features: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994. This Facts for Features presents statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as this is one of the six major Office of Management and Budget race categories.

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Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Have Access to High-Speed Internet

November 13, 2014 Comments off

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Have Access to High-Speed Internet
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

An estimated 78.1 percent of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection last year, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, digital divides exist among the nation’s metropolitan areas and demographic groups.

These statistics come from the American Community Survey, which collected data on this topic for the first time in 2013 and is the largest survey used to examine computer and Internet use in the U.S.

Although most Americans have access to computers and high-speed Internet, differences in high-speed Internet use were as large as 25 percentage points between certain age and race groups, while divides between specific income and educational attainment groups were as large as 45 percentage points. In addition, among the nation’s metro areas, Boulder, Colo., had one of the highest rates of high-speed Internet use at 96.9, while Laredo, Texas, had one of the lowest rates at 69.3 percent.

The report released today, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013, includes analysis of household computer ownership and Internet use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, income and education. It covers areas of the country with populations larger than 65,000.

Facts for Features — Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 27, 2014

November 12, 2014 Comments off

Facts for Features — Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 27, 2014
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Fathers, Children, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Employers

November 5, 2014 Comments off

Fathers, Children, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Employers (PDF)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

We document the tendency of fathers in the U.S. to share employers with their sons and daughters. We show that the incidence of sharing employers is much higher than can be explained by the fact that fathers and sons tend to live near each other. Workers early in their careers are much more likely to share their father’s employer, as are children of high-earning fathers. We find that children’s earnings at shared employers tend to be higher than at unshared jobs, especially for children of high-earning fathers. These facts indicate that employer sharing between fathers and children could explain some component of the intergenerational elasticity of earnings in the United States.

Survey of Income and Program Participation: Dynamics of Economic Well-Being 2009-2012 Detailed Tables

November 3, 2014 Comments off

Survey of Income and Program Participation: Dynamics of Economic Well-Being 2009-2012 Detailed Tables
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

This table package traces a sample of U.S. residents and examines how many of them were poor during at least some portion of the four-year period as well as how long their poverty spells lasted. It also looks at how many entered into poverty, how many exited and how many stayed poor during the entire period. The statistics — which come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation — are presented at the national level by various demographic and socio-economic characteristics.

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