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Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Completed

September 13, 2014 Comments off

Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Completed
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The new tables for New Single-Family Houses Completed include data on age-restricted developments, presence of homeowner’s association, foyer, framing, sewer and water systems and laundry. These tables show data back to 2009.

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Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15–Oct. 15

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15–Oct. 15
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Congress expanded the observance in 1989 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

New U.S. Department of Commerce Reports Demonstrate Exports Continue Helping Spur U.S. Economy and Supporting Jobs

September 8, 2014 Comments off

New U.S. Department of Commerce Reports Demonstrate Exports Continue Helping Spur U.S. Economy and Supporting Jobs
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released new data highlighting for the first time the number of jobs supported by goods exports from each of the 50 states, as well as a report on goods exports from the nation’s 387 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in 2013. The Commerce Department research shows that U.S. goods exports supported 7.1 million jobs whereas overall goods and services exports – which totaled $2.3 trillion — supported more than 11.3 million American jobs in 2013.

At the same time, U.S. metropolitan areas exported more than $1.4 trillion in goods to the world in 2013, accounting for nearly 90 percent of all U.S. goods exports. Texas exports supported more jobs – an estimated 1.1. million – than were supported by the exports from any other single state. Houston topped metropolitan area rankings for a second consecutive year with $115 billion in goods exports.

NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do

September 4, 2014 Comments off

NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology

While many mobile device apps such as a calendar or collaboration tools are very handy and can improve productivity, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network resources at risk. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing recommendations for organizations to help them leverage the benefits of mobile apps while managing their risks. The authors are asking for public comments on a draft of Technical Considerations for Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications* by September 18, 2014.

The draft publication “describes tests that allow software security analysts to discover and understand vulnerabilities and behaviors before the app is approved for use,” says NIST computer scientist Tom Karygiannis.

“Agencies and organizations need to know what a mobile app really does and to be aware of its potential privacy and security impact so they can mitigate any potential risks,” explains Karygiannis. Many apps may access more data than expected and mobile devices have many physical data sensors continuously gathering and sharing information.

2013 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data

September 2, 2014 Comments off

2013 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity of the nation’s state-administered defined benefit pension systems, including cash and investment holdings, receipts, payments, pension obligations and membership information. Statistics are shown at the national level and for individual states. The total cash and investment holdings of the nation’s state-administered defined benefit pensions systems totaled $2.7 trillion in 2013. By comparison, total cash and investment holdings totaled $2.5 trillion in 2012, yielding a 7.8 percent increase from 2012 to 2013.

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 1997-2012 (Prototype Estimates)

August 25, 2014 Comments off

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 1997-2012 (Prototype Estimates)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released prototype estimates of personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for states for 1997-2012. These new estimates provide insight into household spending patterns across states that can be used together with other regional data to gain a better understanding of regional economies.

The data provide a new tool for state-level analysis of consumer activity and household economic well-being. The statistics can be used by state and regional policy makers for fiscal analysis and by businesses targeting regional markets. These prototype estimates are released for evaluation and comment by data users.

Automobile Manufacturing Shipments and Employment Up, According to Census Bureau’s Economic Census

August 25, 2014 Comments off

Automobile Manufacturing Shipments and Employment Up, According to Census Bureau’s Economic Census
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The total value of shipments for the automobile manufacturing industry (NAICS 336111) was $108.8 billion in 2012, up 28.4 percent from $84.7 billion in 2007, according to the latest 2012 Economic Census statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of employees increased 5.6 percent, from 65,436 in 2007 to 69,078 in 2012.

While shipments and employment increased, the number of establishments decreased from 188 in 2007 to 180 in 2012. The average payroll per employee decreased 6.5 percent, from $78,092 in 2007 to $73,053 in 2012.

Total value of shipments for the light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing industry (NAICS 336112) decreased 20.7 percent, from $154.0 billion in 2007 to $122.2 billion in 2012. For this industry, other highlights include:

  • The number of establishments decreased from 90 in 2007 to 77 in 2012.
  • The number of employees decreased 31.3 percent, from 84,806 in 2007 to 58,241 in 2012.
  • The average payroll per employee decreased 3.8 percent, from $81,262 in 2007 to $78,194 in 2012.
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