Alternate Resources for Accessing Federal Datasets

The recent government shutdown restricted access to many federal data portals such as the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder. Fortunately, a number of other websites provide alternate access points for demographic and economic data. While a variety of fee-based services are available, three free resources to consider include: 1. GetFacts – Produced by the University of […]

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Useful Links for Economic Developers

This PDF resource was developed for the 2012 Wisconsin Basic Economic Development course and contains links to data sources, profiles, tools,  variety of company and industry resources, information sites and portals, economic development associations, and web analytics tools. Developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Institute in collaboration with UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.  […]

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Webinar Intro to North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal – Feb 11, 2013

  WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT  Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal Laura Brown and Anna Haines (University of Wisconsin)   February 11, 2013 (Monday)  1:00 PM – Eastern Time http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd About the webinar: The Food Systems Profile Portal Project was driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic […]

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County Food Systems Data Available on New Portal

This October marked the launch of the Food Systems Profile Project driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic development tool in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. The goal of this project was to develop and publish an online food systems profile tool using existing secondary data sources to: 1) help […]

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County Quick Facts

County Quick Facts, by the U.S. Census, is what the name implies–a quick overview of counties and major cities. These brief profiles include an interesting variety of information from basic demographics to land area, persons per square mile, and retail sales per capita.

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Coincident Index (CI)

The Coincident Index (CI) is a monthly composite economic indicator published by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve. It provides a snapshot of economic conditions in each state. An increase in a state’s CI over time indicates an expansion in economic activity the state while a declining CI signals a contraction in the state’s economy. The Coincident Index combines four state-level indicators into a single statistic: non-farm employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements. The data for these indicators are gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

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Shift-Share

Shift-Share is an analysis that uses BLS data. This analysis indicates the measure of impact the national economy has upon individual regions on a year to year basis. It allocates changes in employment to three factors: 1) state of the national economy; 2) type of industries in the region; and 3) relative competitiveness of the industries in the region.

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a national quarterly report on employment assembled by the BLS. It is gathered through the quarterly tax reports completed by employers and includes both full and part time employees. Statistics are collected during the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. If an employee is paid at any point during that period, he or she is included in the survey results as employed. Since the report is filed by the corporation, a person employed at multiple establishments will likely be counted twice. Reports are published quarterly and annually at the national, state, metropolitan statistical areas (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget) and county levels. It is further classified as Federal Government, State Government, Local Government or the Private Sector Industries.

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BLS Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is based on a monthly national survey of 60,000 households. There are six alternative measures of unemployment known as U1 to U6 that are defined in progressively broader terms. The official unemployment rate is the U3: it includes the unemployed who are able to work and have actively sought work within the last four weeks. Those who want a job but are no longer actively looking for work or those who are working part-time but want a full time position are not included. In the broader official unemployment rate (U6), this group is included. In the more narrowly defined U1, only those who have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer are included. The employment rate includes all those who are paid employees or have worked a minimum of 15 unpaid hours a week in a family owned enterprised, and are at least 16 years old.

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