Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why is geography important to the Census Bureau?

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Katy Rossiter, Geographer, US Census Bureau Geography is at the heart of taking a census. The U.S. Census Bureau is tasked with counting everyone in the United States once every ten years, but we do not just count people; we … Continue reading

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Pool of Nonemployer Firms Continues to Shrink

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Written by: William G. Bostic Jr., Associate Director for Economic Programs Firms that do not have paid employees (businesses ranging from small "mom and pop" corner stores to independent contractors to Internet-based mail order houses) have continued to suffer through … Continue reading

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U.S. Businesses Continue to Show Sharp Declines

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Written by: William G. Bostic Jr., US Census Bureau For most, it would not come as a surprise to learn that the last couple of years have been a time of economic hardship for our nation. Headlines have depicted a … Continue reading

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What are census blocks?

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Written by: Katy Rossiter, Geographer, US Census Bureau Census blocks are: – Statistical areas bounded by visible features such as roads, streams, and railroad tracks, and by nonvisible boundaries such as property lines, city, township, school district, county limits and … Continue reading

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Visualizing Foreign Trade Data

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Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau added interactive graphs to the U.S. international trade data released each month. For example, these two graphs help you better understand international trade in petroleum. The first graph shows the effect of prices on petroleum … Continue reading

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