Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Regional Nonemployers: Measuring Self-Employed Businesses

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2013 Nonemployer Statistics on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Most non-employers are self-employed individuals operating unincorporated businesses (known as sole proprietorships), which may or may not be the owner's principal source of income.

Nonemployer Statistics are an annual series that provides economic data for businesses that have no paid employees and are subject to federal income tax. The data consist of the number of businesses and total receipts by industry. Receipts includes gross receipts, sales, commissions, and income from trades and businesses, as reported on annual business income tax returns. Business income consists of all payments received for services rendered by nonemployer businesses, such as payments received as independent agents and contractors.
The data are accessible through the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder and the Nonemployer Statistics website. Below are some of the numbers as they apply to the region (Herkimer and Oneida Counties combined) from the Nonemployer statistics.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mapping the Concentration of Job Sectors

The Census Bureau's On The Map feature allows the comparison of job sector concentration through mapping. Below are just four sectors I looked at within Herkimer County to see how their concentration varies: Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Manufacturing, and Accommodations and Food Service.

Health Care and Social Assistance



Retail Trade





Accommodations and Food Service


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Workforce Sector Distribution by Age Of Workers (2011)

I thought this was sort of an interesting use of "On the Map", located on the Census Bureau's webpage. It shows the number of employees found in selected work sectors within the Herkimer-Oneida Counties region. Note how some age groups (under 30, 30 to 54, or 55 and above) seem to dominate certain sectors of employment. Click on the graph to enlarge it.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PEW Study Suggests Changes in Relgious Landscape

A recently released study by PEW suggests that the "Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men"

Unfortunately the most recent local data available is from 2010 and mainly comes through the Association of Religion Data Archives.  It is a great piece of data but limited to five years ago.

We have done several post on this topic including the following:

Religious Traditions and SubFamilies for Herkimer and Oneida Counties

The Regional Decline of Religious Adherents: 1980 Versus 2010 

 Religious Adherents by County

Second Most Common Religious Following By State and County

Monday, May 11, 2015

OPEN NEW YORK: The State Data Transparency Website

In 2013, Governor Cuomo launched Open New York, data.ny.gov, a state data transparency website that provides user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website classifies the data resources into ten categories: economic development, education, energy and environment, government and finance, health, human services, public safety, recreation, transparency, and transportation. Each area has maps as well as raw data you can access. For example, below is a map of licensed day care provides in the Ilion-Mohawk-Herkimer portion of the valley.

On the actual map, you can click any of the blue dots to see the name and contact information about the provider. Click the image to enlarge it.


Below are 10 examples of what you can find available through the Economic Development section:

1. Retail Food Stores which are licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

2. Current Employment Statistics: Beginning 1990, reflecting jobs by "place of work."

3. Jobs By Industry: Donut Chart, based upon an economic profile created for the 10 Empire State Development (ESD) economic development regions.

4. Farmers Markets in New York State Map. In the past decade the number of farmers markets in New York State has grown at a rapid rate. The dataset published on the Department website contains information detailing the time and location of community farmers markets as well as the name and phone number of the market manager.

5. Broadband Availability By Municipality
. New York State has just completed a broadband mapping program as part of the national broadband mapping program funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. Information about the availability of high-speed Internet services, commonly called Broadband, was collected from broadband provider companies regarding the technology type and speed of services offered. The data was updated every six months for five years, and is shown on the NYS Broadband Map at www.broadbandmap.ny.gov as well as the National Broadband Map at www.broadbandmap.gov. The data on the map depicts broadband availability at the Census Block level. This table summarizes the information for each municipality (town, city, village, Indian Reservation) in New York State.

6. Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Map. Liquor Authority quarterly list of all active licensees in NYS filtered by Winery and Brewery specific License Types.

7. State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) Loans Purchased: Beginning 2004. The data set includes raw data on all the loans purchased by SONYMA since January 2004. Users can use the data to get information on the types of loans we are making (loan amount, loan type, term, loan-to-value, with or without down payment assistance), when the loans were made (purchase date), where the loans are being made (county), and what property types (# of units, construction status, property type).

8. City of Albany Vacant Building Inventory: 2013. Since January 2012, the Division of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance has created a living database documenting vacant buildings in the City of Albany. To create this database, the Division reconciled the Division of Building and Codes Vacant Building Registry with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Vacant Building Database.

9. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Quarterly Data: Beginning 2000 The QCEW program (also known as ES-202) collects employment and wage data from employers covered by New York State's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Law. This program is a cooperative program with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. QCEW data encompass approximately 97 percent of New York's nonfarm employment, providing a virtual census of employees and their wages as well as the most complete universe of employment and wage data, by industry, at the State, regional and county levels. "Covered" employment refers broadly to both private-sector employees as well as state, county, and municipal government employees insured under the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act.

10. Manufactured Home Park Registrations captures the park name, address, and county in which a manufactured home park is located; the number of site capacity and number of occupied sites; and the name and contact number for the park owner/operator. New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) oversees the registration of these parks in accordance with NYS Real Property Law Section 233 sub-section (v.) which requires owners of manufactured home parks with three or more homes register their park with DHCR.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Declining Fertility Rates for Prime Child Bearing Age Women in the ACS: 2005 to 2013

The fertility rate has been declining for American families for decades, particularly among prime child bearing aged women, 20 to 34 years of age. The American Communities Survey now let's us look at that more closely, on an annual basis for the region, state and nation. The graph below shows the declining fertility rate per thousand females age 20 to 34 for the Herkimer-Oneida Counties region, New York State, and the US for the period 2005 to 2013.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Herkimer County Household Size and Income 1980 to 2013

Here's a comparison of income by household size stretching from the 1980 Census to the 2013 Three Year ACS Estimates. The income levels have all been adjusted to 2013 dollars to account for inflation. The only two household sizes showing any true statistical change in income level over that period of time are the 2 person and 4 person households. This is based on the margins of error from  he 2013 ACS data.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

National, State, and Local Households Spending 30% or More on Rent

A quick look at the percent of households that spend 30% or more of their income on rent for the US, New York State, and the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Region. Note that the hatched areas are the percent that spend more than HALF of their household income on rent !

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Friday, May 1, 2015

March 2015 Labor Market Profile and Unemployment Rates

From the New York State Department of Labor...click either one to enlarge them.