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Measuring America: Startups and Job Creation in the United States
Child Poverty Still Falling - and Close to Pre-Recession Rate
Data Finds a Meaningful Role in Fight Against Homelessness in the United States
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Issue: #498

October 23, 2017  

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

Measuring America: Startups and Job Creation in the United States

From: U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau releases data every year describing changes for businesses operating in the United States. These Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) include information on the number of startups (businesses that began operating in a given year) and the number of new jobs that were created by startups.

Startups created approximately 2.5 million jobs in 2014, representing 2.1 percent of total U.S. private nonfarm employment. While this indicates a recovery for startups from lower levels of job creation in recent years, job creation from startups remained far below its pre-Great Recession level of 3.5 million in 2006. These 3.5 million jobs in 2006 represented 3.0 percent of total U.S. private nonfarm employment.

Child Poverty Still Falling - and Close to 
Pre-Recession Rate
From: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Americans need to build
an economy that offers opportunity and economic security to everyone. Unfortunately, the latest data indicate that 19% of U.S. kids are now living in poverty. This translates to 14 million kids across the country growing up poor in 2016.

Nationally, this statistic has fallen since 2014 and nearly returned to its pre-recession level of 18%. Such progress is encouraging, particularly because growing up in poverty is one of the single greatest threats to child development, according to research. Policies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage help to reduce the poverty rate and support opportunity and economic security for all Americans.

Data finds a meaningful role in fight against homelessness in the United States
From: Tableau

The reasons why someone becomes homeless, and the reasons they might stay homeless, are complex and varied. Difficulty holding a job, family conflict, physical and mental health, or addiction-issues that often compound one another-can all play a role in driving people into the shadowy corners of our communities.

Those shadows exist even in a sun-soaked place like California's Monterey County, home to some of the country's most iconic destinations. Towns like Big Sur, Carmel, and Seaside evoke images of luxurious homes along one of California's picturesque beaches.

However, Monterey is anything but paradise for the county's homeless population - more than 2,300 men, women and children by the latest official count. But the data collected by any one social service agency, while valuable, gives an incomplete look at an individual's circumstances.

Until Next Week,

Melanie Poulter
Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma


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