Navigating the Federal Statistical System: Important County Level Data Updates

.. several important U.S. by county demographic-economic data resources become available in the November-December time period .. review how these data mesh with your needs and mark your calendar.

There are many reasons that national scope county-level data are important. The county geographic level is the most widely used statistical data summary level. While many analyze ZIP code data, there is a narrow range of ZIP code summary data available compared to county level data. Counties offer a good geographic drill-down; data can be analyzed for sub-metro and sub-state areas. County geography changes very little over time; counties offer more geographic stability for long-term analysis than metros (above them) or census tracts (below them).

Regional Economic Information System
Personal Income by Major Source
… most comprehensive measure of per capita economic well-being
Annual update; annual time-series
Bureau of Economic Analysis; November 19, 2015
More information .. set data release date reminder.

American Community Survey 2014 5-year Data
Demographic-Economic Estimates
… broadest range of demographic-economic data
    for county and subcounty geography
Annual update
Census Bureau; December 3, 2015
More information .. set data release date reminder.

Establishments, Employment & Wages by detailed type of industry
… establishments summary data by most detailed type of business
… quarterly
… six month lag from data reference to data access
Quarterly update; 2015Q2; extends time series
Bureau of Labor Statistics; December 17, 2015
More information … updated today with 2015Q1 interactive table.
Set data release date reminder.

There are other important metro and small area Federal statistical resources becoming available in this period. See related section Navigating the Federal Statistical System for a more in-depth resource.

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About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

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