Local Government Guide to the Internet
Chapter 10: Economic Performance and Well-Being
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State Directories
Labor Force and Jobs
Income
Poverty
Miscellaneous Sites

State Directories
Regional Information, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
stats.bls.gov:80/regnhome.htm

State Departments of Administration and Finance, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/displayCategory.cfm?Category=administration

State Departments of Economic Development and Commerce, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/displayCategory.cfm?Category=economic

State Employment Services, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/displayCategory.cfm?Category=employment

State Profile Search, Americaís Career InfoNet
www.acinet.org/acinet/st_sear.htm

State Workforce Development Agency Homepages
www.icesa.org/sections/links/index.cfm#state

Labor Force and Jobs
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
stats.bls.gov/blshome.html

Census Lookup, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Decennial census data at all geographic levels on employment status and work status.
venus.census.gov/cdrom/lookup

Child Care, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National information on childcare costs and arrangements, collected on an intermittent basis in the Survey of Income and Program Participation.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/childcare.html

Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National profiles of childcare include demographics, economics, and quality.
www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ccb/data

Children in the States, Childrenís Defense Fund
State childcare profiles include number of children needing childcare, licensed childcare centers, extended day programs in public schools, training required for childcare workers, and allowable child-to-teacher ratios.
www.childrensdefense.org/states/data.html

Current Labor Statistics, Monthly Labor Review Online, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
National and state labor force data, national and regional labor compensation and bargaining data, and national productivity data.
stats.bls.gov/opub/mlr/curlabst.htm

Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex, CenStats DataWell, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Decennial census occupation data by race, Hispanic origin, and sex for states, counties, metropolitan areas, and places of 50,000 or more.
tier2.census.gov/eeo/eeo.htm or
govinfo.library.orst.edu/eeo-stateis.html

EconData.Net
Links to economic data sources, including state and local data, for employment, income, occupation, and more. Also includes tools for gathering data and a Userís Guide with an overview of data sources and tips on analyzing and interpreting local economic data.
www.econdata.net

Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Economic and employment projections by occupation and industry, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and employment data by industry for specific occupations.
stats.bls.gov/emphome.htm

Enforcement Statistics, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
National-level statistics showing the number of charges of employment discrimination filed with the EEOC, and the resolution of those charges.
www.eeoc.gov/stats

Full-time and Part-time Employment by Industry (CA25), Local Area Personal Income, Regional Accounts Data, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
Annual data on number of wage, salary, and self-employed jobs in the private and public sectors for counties, metropolitan areas, and states. Also includes farm and nonfarm jobs.
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/reis/ca25

Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
State data from the Current Population Survey include employment and unemployment by selected demographic and economic characteristics.
stats.bls.gov/opub/gp/laugp.htm

Handbook of Methods, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Includes detailed explanations of how the Bureau of Labor Statistics develops its economic data. Since data well-suited to one purpose may have limitations for another, the handbook provides users of Bureau of Labor Statistics data with the information necessary to evaluate the suitability of the data to their needs.
stats.bls.gov/opub/hom/homtoc.htm

International Salary Calculator, Homefair.com
Compare salaries and cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
www.homefair.com/homefair/cmr/salcalc.html

Labor Force Statistics from Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Regional and national data on labor force, employment, and unemployment, drawn from a monthly household survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Current Population Survey sample is large enough to provide labor force estimates by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics at the regional level.
stats.bls.gov/cpshome.htm

Labor Force Statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National data on labor force, turnover, employment of men and women, earnings, low-wage employment, and more.
www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/laborfor.html

Labor Market Geographies, Louisiana Population Data Center
Commuting zones, determined by county-to-county commuting patterns, can be used as proxies for local labor markets.
lapop.lsu.edu/ftp.html

Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Monthly and annual estimates of civilian labor force, employment and unemployment for counties, cities of 25,000 or more, and other geographic areas. Selective Access is the easiest way to obtain data.
www.bls.gov/lauhome.htm

National Compensation Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and benefit data by occupation for the nation, regions, and metropolitan areas.
www.bls.gov/comhome.htm

Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Annual data for states and metropolitan areas for more than 750 occupations. Includes employment and wages.
stats.bls.gov/oeshome.htm

Occupational Projections, State Labor Market Information Agencies
Projected demand for occupations for 2006. Data for states are updated every two years.
www.dws.state.ut.us/bls

Regional Economic Information System, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
State, county, and metropolitan area economic data for 1969-1997. Includes personal income and earnings, full- and part-time employment, transfer payments, and farm income and expenses.
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/reis or
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/reis/ca25 or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/reis-stateis.html

Standard Occupational Classification System, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Definitions used by all federal statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau, to classify workers into occupational categories.
stats.bls.gov/soc/soc_sept.htm or
stats.bls.gov/soc/soc_home.htm

State and Area Current Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Number of employed and unemployed persons, and unemployment rate for states and metropolitan areas.
stats.bls.gov/790home.htm

State Estimates of Organized Child Care Facilities, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State estimates of numbers of children in organized childcare facilities and characteristics of facilities. Data are from the Census of Service Industries.
www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0021/twps0021.html

State of the Cities Database Systems, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statisticsí Local Area Unemployment Statistics and the Census Bureauís County Business Patterns for metropolitan areas.
webprod.aspensys.com/socds

Womenís Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
National statistics related to women in the workforce, including information on child and elder care, and nontraditional occupations. State-level information and resources for working women are also available.
www.dol.gov/dol/wb

Working at Home, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National statistics about people who work at home the majority of the time.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/workathome.html

Income
Census Lookup, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Decennial census data at all geographic levels on household, family and per capita income, wage or salary income, self-employment income, and other types of income.
venus.census.gov/cdrom/lookup

Consumer Price Indexes, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Current consumer price indexes for the U.S., Census regions, and some metropolitan areas. The CPI measures the rate of change of the cost of living, or inflation/deflation rate in goods purchased directly by consumers. Doesnít compare living expenses between cities.
www.bls.gov/cpihome.htm

Cost-of-Living Calculator, NewsEngin
Determine changes in cost of living between 1977 and present for the United States and selected metropolitan areas.
www.NewsEngin.com/neFreeTools.nsf

Current Population Report P23-196, Special Studies, Current Population Survey, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Special study of changes in the nationís median household income: 1969 to 1996.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/popula.html

Current Population Report P60 Series, Consumer Income and Poverty, Current Population Survey, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National and regional estimates of money income.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/popula.html

Income, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Links to income data collected by the Census Bureau. Includes the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Mostly national and regional level.
www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/income.html

Local Area Personal Income, Regional Accounts Data, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
Personal income data. See ìPersonal income by major source and earnings by industry (CA05)î for major sources of personal income for counties and metropolitan areas; ìPersonal income and per capita personal incomeî for data on all counties, with per capita rankings by county within each state; and ìPersonal income by local area,î at the Regional Accounts Data site, for personal income data for counties and metropolitan areas.
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/reis

National Atlas of the United States, U.S. Geological Survey
Interactive mapping tool with county-level maps of per capita income or median family income.
www.nationalatlas.gov

Regional Economic Information System, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Labor
State, county, and metropolitan area economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis for 1969-1997. Includes personal income and earnings, full- and part-time employment, transfer payments, and farm income and expenses.
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/reis or
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/reis/ca25 or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/reis-stateis.html

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Annual model-based estimates of median household income and poverty rates for states, counties and school districts. For explanation of confidence intervals on the estimates, click on ìFrequently Asked Questionsî and ìWhat are Confidence Intervals?î
www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe.html

State Personal Income, 1958-1997, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, University of Virginia Library
State and regional data on personal income by major source and earnings by industry, wage and salary disbursements by industry, employment by industry, transfer payments, farm income and expenses, personal tax and nontax payments, and regional economic profiles.
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/spi

Poverty
American Factfinder, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Create community-level maps of median income and population living in poverty.
factfinder.census.gov

Asset Ownership of Households, 1993, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-level information on wealth, such as median net worth and distribution of net worth.
www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/wealth.html

Census Lookup, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Decennial census data at all geographic levels on poverty status.
venus.census.gov/cdrom/lookup

Current Population Report P60 Series, Consumer Income and Poverty, Current Population Survey, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National estimates of poverty and experimental poverty measures.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/popula.html

Federal Poverty Guidelines, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Includes poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines. Thresholds are updated each year by the Census Bureau, and are used to make estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year. Guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register and determine financial eligibility for certain federal programs.
aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/99poverty.htm

Poverty, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Links to poverty data collected by the Census Bureau. Includes the Current Population Survey, poverty definition, thresholds and guidelines, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and small area estimates.
www.census.gov/ftp/pub/hhes/www/poverty.html

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/estimatetoc.html

Miscellaneous Sites
Current Population Report P70 Series, Household and Economic Studies, Current Population Survey, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National and regional estimates of poverty, labor force, and income.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/popula.html

Domestic Economic Data, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, University of Virginia
Easy access to economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, and other sources.
fisher.lib.virginia.edu/active_data/domestic.html

Federal Reserve Banks
Each of 12 Federal Reserve Banks provides access to economic data for its region.
www.bog.frb.fed.us/otherfrb.htm

Rural America At A Glance, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Maps and charts showing labor force, income and poverty information for rural counties.
www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/rural/ruralecn/ruramg.htm

Socioeconomic Data, Appalachian Regional Commission
Income, employment, and poverty statistics for the 406 Appalachian counties in West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
www.arc.gov/data/datamain.htm

What is a Dollar Worth?, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Uses the Consumer Price Index to show what a dollarís worth of goods in one year would cost in another year. Data available for 1913 to 1999.
woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us/economy/calc/cpihome.html


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