Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2013 Regional Assessment of Child Care by Cooperative Extension

Not too long ago, the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Office of Oneida County's Child Care Council released a report of the state of child care in 2013 for the region. As they stated in their introduction:

We are pleased to provide you with a copy of the 2014 Child Care Needs Assessment containing data related to early care and learning services in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties. You will find data outlining the supply and demand of regulated child care, cost of care, trend data, quality, follow up surveys and more. We utilized our own comprehensive database with all licensed and regulated child care programs and all the parents/caregivers who request information and referrals, data provided by our local Departments of Social Services, Census information, and data from Child Care Aware of America. It is our intent to offer this needs assessment to inform and guide our partners in community planning, while internally, we utilize the information to drive our own program planning and strategic development.

The graphs below illustrate the number of potential slots for each modality in...Herkimer County. Potential child care slots are based on the MAXIMUM number of slots a program is registered or licensed to serve, regardless of whether or not the slot is currently filled or vacant.

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Potential family/group child care slots reflect the Maximum Potential Slots as per the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Child Care Facility System. A family child care provider may care for two children under the age of two and six children ages two to twelve. Group family child care providers, who have an assistant, may care for up to four children under the age of two and twelve children ages two to twelve. The following charts reflect an estimated number of available slots based
upon the number of family/group family providers in each county. Maximum capacity is determined by the number of caregivers per setting and the square footage per child.



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Lastly, the graphs located within this section indicate the number of potential child care slots for child care centers by age group (see appendix for information on age groups and staff-child ratios). As the graphs indicate, there is a significant lack of child care slots for infants and toddlers. Not every child care center provides care for these younger children.

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If you would like to get a copy of the Child Care Needs Assessment, you can contact them at 315-223-7850 or call them toll-free at 1-888-814-KIDS (5437).


October 2014 Labor Market Profile from DOL

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NYS Unemployment Rates By Counties (September 2014)

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Source: NYS DOL (11/2014)

2013 Five Year Estimates to Be Released Next Thursday (12/4)

The 2013 Five Year Estimates of the American Communities Survey will be released next Thursday, providing data for basically all small areas (block groups and tracts) as well as municipalities (regardless of population size). The data will come from a sample collected across the years 2009 to 2013. I will post the basic profiles as soon as I can get them uploaded as PDFs.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Small Business Saturday: November 29th


This Saturday, November 29th, will be the fifth anniversary of the kickoff of Small Business Saturday (SBS). SBS is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our local communities. 

According to the Small Business Patterns 2012, about 2,100 Herkimer County residents are employed in retail settings, with a combined payroll of roughly $46 million dollars. Another 1,500 work in food services and accommodations, accounting for another $19.6 million in payroll. Around 90% of the retail, the food service and the accommodations establishments in Herkimer County have less than 20 employees! 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Herkimer and Oneida Counties 2013 ACS Three Year Estimates Are Now Here!

Each year, the Census Bureau releases three versions of the American Communities Survey (ACS). These are the 1-Year, the 3-Year, and the 5-Year ACS Estimates. These are released based on the population size of the municipality. Five year estimates are released for EVERY level of census geography (down to the block group level) as well as every municipality (think town, city, and village). Three year estimates are only released for geographies or municipalities with a MINIMUM population of 20,000 persons. As a result, many smaller villages and towns are excluded. One year estimates are released for municipalities with a MINIMUM population of 65,000. This means they are mostly for counties and larger cities. For our region, only Oneida County and the Utica Rome MSA have single year estimates available.  

The newest Herkimer County ACS data comes through the Three Year ACS Estimates which are NOW AVAILABLE!  The most recent 3-Year Estimates are a permanent part of this blog in the linked area just below the title above. A permanent link will take you to the most recent 3 year estimates post so you can always easily find this important data for both counties !

Below are the individual links to the Demographic, Social, Economic and Housing Profiles for the 2013 Three Year ACS Estimates for Herkimer and Oneida Counties.


2013 OC ACS 3 Year Estimate Demographic Profile
2013 OC ACS 3 Year Estimate Social Profile
2013 OC ACS 3 Year Estimate Economic Profile
2013 OC ACS 3 Year Estimate Housing Profile


2013 HC ACS 3 Year Estimate Demographic Profile
2013 HC ACS 3 Year Estimate Social Profile
2013 HC ACS 3 Year Estimate Economic Profile
2013 HC ACS 3 Year Estimate Housing Profile

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Hours Worked and Weeks Worked Per Year By "For Profit", "Non-Profit", "Government" and "Self Employed" Workers

Now that summer vacation has come and gone and we head into winter, I thought it would be interesting to look at the weeks worked each year and the hours worked per week by various parts of the workforce. Specifically I used the 2012 ACS Five Year Estimates PUMS data "Class of Worker" typography to compare those that work in "for profit" businesses, those in "not for profits", those in "government employment" and those that are "self employed".

Below are several graphs which show the distribution of each of these classifications in terms of the hours and weeks worked in the past year. To start with, as you can see below, most of the workforce is working between 31 to 40 hours weekly - the majority of those working at for profit businesses (56%), those in non-profits (55%), and those working in the public sector/government (62%) all work in the 31 to 40 hour range.

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The lone exception are workers who are self employed. While more of them work 31 to 40 hours per week (26%) than any other ten hour span, it is not a number approaching the 50% mark as with the other three workforce groups. If we look a bit deep at these numbers the reason why is obvious.

Below are four pie charts showing the percent of workforce for each group that work more than 40 hours per week. In the case of for profits, non-profits, and government workers, somewhere between 38% and 45% worked in excess of 40 hours each week in the past year. However, note the percent of self employed workers who put in more than 40 hours of work each week - nearly 3 in 4 (74%) worked in excess of 40 hours per week. And from the PUMS data, it shows that as many as 15% worked in excess of 50 hours each week!


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Not surprisingly, most of the workforce works 50 or more weeks per year - regardless of the sector, between 70% and 75% worked 50 to 52 weeks in the last year.

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Here is the distribution of each group's workforce in regard to the number of weeks less than 50 that they worked in the prior year.

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