In This Issue
Measuring the Holiday Shopping Season
Raising the Minimum Wage
Supporting Homeless Veterans
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Issue: #506

December 20, 2017  

The Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma, a program of the provides access to data generated from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Measuring the Holiday Shopping Season
From: U.S. Census Bureau, 
Census Blogs

From Black Friday sales, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, customers have countless opportunities to spend their hard-earned income on family and friends
But just how important are these shopping events to retailers and the national economy as a whole? How much of a role do these three days play in kicking off the holiday shopping season? The U.S. Census Bureau helps measure the importance of this through our monthly economic survey, the  report.
Raising the Minimum Wage
From: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Since January 2013, 27 states began increasing their minimum wage. The states have used various approaches. Some states increased their minimum wage once, while others are taking a multiyear approach. Then there are states that increased their minimum wage and then indexed it to inflation.  What impact have these minimum wage increases had? 
Mobilizing Communities for Homeless Veterans
From: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Veterans have historically been overrepresented within the adult homeless population. While homelessness of any kind is tragic, veteran homelessness is particularly poignant because of the deep sacrifices these men and women made for their country. 
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that in 2010, there were more than 76,000 veterans experiencing homelessness in the country, approximately a third of whom were considered chronically homeless.
Until Next Week,

Melanie Poulter
Program Manager
Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma
mpoulter@csctulsa.org
       


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