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Capital Spending by U.S. Businesses Increased 4.5 Percent in 2013

February 11, 2015 Comments off

Capital Spending by U.S. Businesses Increased 4.5 Percent in 2013
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. business spending on new and used structures and equipment rose 4.5 percent, from $1,423.6 billion in 2012 to $1,488.2 billion in 2013, according to the latest economic data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

These findings come from the 2013 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey, which provides statistics on capital spending for new and used structures and equipment by U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without paid employees. This survey, conducted annually since 1994, is an integral part of the federal government’s effort to improve and supplement ongoing statistical economic programs.

State Government Revenues Exceed Expenditures in 2013, Census Bureau Reports

February 6, 2015 Comments off

State Government Revenues Exceed Expenditures in 2013, Census Bureau Reports
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Total state government revenue rose by 16.3 percent, from $1.9 trillion in 2012 to $2.2 trillion in 2013, according to the latest findings on state government finances from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nearly three-quarters of that increase (73.9 percent) is attributable to the growth in insurance trust revenue, which grew by 89.7 percent, from $255.8 billion in 2012 to $485.2 billion in 2013, and is comprised mostly of pension systems administered by state governments. These insurance trust figures reflect the market value of investments, meaning that they are affected by fluctuations in capital markets and not solely by governments’ fiscal policies. Total expenditures for state governments were $2.0 trillion, an increase of 1.2 percent from 2012.

One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports

January 28, 2015 Comments off

One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements table package released today.

The rate of children living with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since 2007. In 2014, an estimated 16 million children, or about one in five, received food stamp assistance compared with the roughly 9 million children, or one in eight, that received this form of assistance prior to the recession.

These statistics come from the 2014 Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which has collected statistics on families and living arrangements for more than 60 years. Today’s table package delves into the characteristics of households, including the marital status of the householders and their relationship to the children residing in the household. The historical data on America’s families and living arrangements can be found on census.gov.

Facts for Features: Black (African-American) History Month: February 2015

January 26, 2015 Comments off

Facts for Features: Black (African-American) History Month: February 2015
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

Facts for Features: Super Bowl XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015

January 23, 2015 Comments off

Facts for Features: Super Bowl XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Super Bowl XLIX will be played Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the second time the NFL’s championship game will be held in Glendale and the third time in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To commemorate this event, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host metropolitan area, as well as the metro areas represented by the two participants — the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Release of 2014 U.S. and State Population Estimates on American FactFinder and Monthly Population Estimates to Jan. 1, 2015

January 22, 2015 Comments off

Release of 2014 U.S. and State Population Estimates on American FactFinder and Monthly Population Estimates to Jan. 1, 2015
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

July 1, 2014 population estimates are now available for the nation, states and Puerto Rico on American FactFinder. The annual estimates include components of change (births, deaths and net migration) in the previous year and since the April 1, 2010 Census. The estimates were originally released on Dec. 23, 2014, on the Population and Housing Unit Estimates website (http://www.census.gov/popest). In addition, new monthly estimates are now available for the nation for April 1, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2015. These monthly estimates are for the resident population, resident population plus armed forces overseas, civilian population, civilian noninstitutionalized population and household population.

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014

January 21, 2015 Comments off

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

This table package provides Current Population Survey statistics on academic achievement by demographic characteristics, such as age, sex and Hispanic origin. It also includes detailed information on years of school completed, showing how many years of education adults have completed for each level of attainment. A variety of historical time series tables going back to 1940 are also provided, as are graphs illustrating historical data.

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