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The Region's Age Profile

By Timothy S. Sullivan, Ph.D.

June 22, 2017

Most Americans are familiar with the nation’s decennial census. Mandated in Article I of the US Constitution, this once-every-ten-years effort is used to allocate congressional representatives and electoral votes. The last decennial census was in 2010, and the next one will take place in the spring of 2020.

What might be less familiar to many Americans are the annual estimates that are also published by the Census Bureau. These estimates are created using birth and death data from the Nat...

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New Metro East Data from BLS

By Timothy S. Sullivan, Ph.D.

June 21, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest data from its Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. This is a treasure trove of information about labor markets for each county in the US. The latest data describe the situation as of the fourth quarter of 2016 (October, November, and December).

Here are some of the headline numbers for the Metro East:

Compared with December 2015, Madison County shows an employment increase of 2.2% (about 1,830 jobs), but a 4.8% decrease in average wee...

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