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Daily Archives: August 7, 2013

2012 Census of Governments: Finance – Survey of Public Pensions

“This release provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity and membership information of the nation’s 227 state-administered defined benefit retirement systems. Statistics are shown at the national and state levels for revenues, expenditures, cash and investment holdings, membership and beneficiaries. This information includes actuarial liability statistics, which project the total obligation required to cover costs for providing pensions to former and present employeesFor more information, go to <>.”

New Census Bureau Interactive Map Shows Languages Spoken in America

“The U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages. The 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how… Continue Reading

Will a Surge in Labor Force Participation Impede Unemployment Rate Improvement?

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond – Will a Surge in Labor Force Participation Impede Unemployment Rate Improvement? by Andreas Hornstein, Karl Rhodes “The labor force participation rate has been falling since 2000, a trend that accelerated somewhat during the recession of 2007-09. Some economists and journalists have questioned whether recent improvements in the labor market will cause non-participants… Continue Reading

Gallup – U.S. Job Creation Stable Overall, but Federal Jobs Dwindle

Gallup Poll: “Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index was steady in July, at +21, similar to +22 in June. While non-government workers, as well as state and local government workers, reported little change in net hiring at their workplaces, federal workers reported a significant decline. Net federal hiring was lower in July, at -17, than it… Continue Reading

CDC – Firearm Homicides and Suicides in Major Metropolitan Areas

Firearm Homicides and Suicides in Major Metropolitan Areas — United States, 2006–2007 and 2009–2010 – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMRW). August 2, 2013 / 62(30);597-602 “Firearm homicides and suicides are a continuing public health concern in the United States. During 2009–2010, a total of 22,571 firearm homicides and 38,126 firearm suicides occurred among U.S.… Continue Reading

CDC – Progress on Childhood Obesity

Vital Signs: Obesity Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children — United States, 2008–2011. August 6, 2013 – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) “Background: The prevalence of obesity among U.S. preschoolers has doubled in recent decades. Childhood obesity increases the risk for adult obesity and is associated with negative health consequences. Trends in the state-specific prevalence of… Continue Reading