Tag Archives: Federal Statistical System

Establishments, Employment & Earnings Trends: 2015Q1

.. county & metro Establishment, Employment & Earnings (EEE) monthly-quarterly-annual time series by detailed type of business .. financial sector employment in Manhattan (New York County, NY) led the nation in average weekly wages at $8,932 during the first quarter 2015.  Use the interactive table to examine characteristics of establishments (number, employment, earnings) for counties and metros by type of business of interest. See the related Web section for more detail.  Follow that section for quarterly and interim data establishments by sector updates and use of tools to analyze patterns and trends.

The most current and comprehensive measures of business activity by county, metro and higher level geography are provided by the Establishments, Employment & Earnings (EEE) database. Use the interactive table to view, rank, query, compare data on establishments, employment and wages by county, metro and state for high level industries. Subscribers to the ProximityOne Data Service (PDS) database can use the more detailed (6-digit NAICS coverage) with data structured for time-series analysis supported with modeling and data analytics tools.

Where Does America Make Things?
The graphic below shows percent employment in the manufacturing sector (employment in the private manufacturing sector as a percent of total private sector employment January 2015 by county). Click graphic for larger view providing more detail. Use the GIS tools to analyze similar patterns for any industry. Interpreting this map graphic and alternative data resources … join us in a Data Analytics Lab session where we discuss making and interpreting this map view and alternatives.

– view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

The EEE quarterly data are based on employer reported data and provide EEE characteristics by detailed type of business collected and tabulated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance (UI) laws, the data cover 9.5 million employers and 136.2 million full- and part-time workers.

Important features of these data …
• Tabulated for all counties, metros, states and the U.S.
• Tabulated for detailed types of business (6-digit NAICS).
• Tabulated quarterly and annually, the data enable time-series modeling.
• Employer-based administratively collected data; not estimates.
• Short lag (5 months) between reporting date and date of data accessibility
– data for second quarter 2015 (2015Q2) are available mid-December 2015.
Limitations of these data.

Use these data to examine how a detailed type of business is changing in a county or metro … or how that type of business in one county/metro compares to another county or metro. Answer questions like how much of the healthcare sector in a particular metro is comprised by offices of physicians. Or, are the number of establishments in a business sector growing or declining? How are the characteristics of establishments in one metro changing relative to another metro?

Establishments, Employment, Earnings — Interactive Table
The following graphic illustrate use of the interactive table to examine characteristics of construction industry for California by county. The rows/counties are ranked on the rightnost column AWW15Q1 (average weekly wages, 1st quarter 2015) in descending order. It is easy to see that California was led by San Francisco county with $1,661 AWW reflecting activity of 1,564 establishments and January employment of 16,850. Click graphic for larger view.

Updates
These data update quarterly. The next update includes data for 2015Q2 and becomes available December 17, 2015 (set reminder).

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.

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.

Navigating the U.S. Federal Statistical System

..  the U.S. Federal Statistical System offers a vast array of diverse data resources that are useful in wide-ranging planning and analytical applications. Many of these data resources, such as census block level demographics from the decennial census, are unique in scope and content; in many cases there are no alternative data resources.

But there are issues/challenges for the data user to navigate the Federal Statistical System. Examples … the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases total employment data by county quarterly and monthly through multiple programs. The data values differ, for methodological reasons, but the net result can be confusion. The Census Bureau releases total employment data from many statistical programs by county both annually and more frequently. Where are these alternative total employment data and how can they be accessed? How do these various measures differ and which data are right for my situation? This section provides basic statistical program information. Subsequent updates will provide more detail. See the related Web section for more information.

Navigating the U.S. Federal Statistical System
  — click to view agencies, programs, data.

This section provides an overview of the U.S. Federal Statistical System (FSS) and information that can help stakeholders navigate access to selected types of data produced by the FSS. While the FSS is focused on agencies that collect, develop and make available statistical data, there is a broader set of data and resources that relate to accessing and using these data. As technology and related data analytics resources have evolved, access to and use of these data is closely associated with the development of geographic data by Federal statistical and other agencies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The FSS is a decentralized set of agencies that collect, develop and make available statistical and geographic data. The OMB Office of Statistical Programs and Standards (SPS) provides a FSS coordinative role. The SPS establishes statistical policies and standards, identifies priorities for improving programs, evaluates statistical agency budgets, reviews and approves Federal agency information collections involving statistical methods, and coordinates U.S. participation in international statistical activities.

While the FSS spans more than 100 agencies, the 13 “principal statistical agencies” have statistical work as their principal mission. Excluding funding for the decennial census ($689.0 million requested for the decennial census for FY 2015), approximately 38 percent ($2,378.8 million of the $6,310.8 million total proposed for FY 2015 President’s budget request) of overall funding for Federal statistical activities (of the Executive Branch) provides resources for these 13 agencies. The principal statistical agencies include:
Census Bureau (Commerce)
Bureau of Economic Analysis (Commerce)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (Justice)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (Labor)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (Transporation)
Economic Research Service (Agriculture)
Energy Information Administration (Energy)
National Agricultural Statistics Service (Agriculture)
National Center for Education Statistics (Education)
National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/HHS)
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics — NSF/Independent
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics — SSA/Independent
Statistics of Income (IRS)

While the above agencies are classified as the “principal statistical agencies”, there are many other agencies that produce statistics that might be as much or more relevant to your needs. See this table that lists statistical programs and resources organized by producing agency.

New and updated Federal statistical data evolve daily. The Navigating the U.S. Federal Statistical System resource is frequently updated.

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.