Analyzing BLS Business Employment Dynamics Data

This webinar will provide an overview of general concepts and basic methodology for Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data. The presenters will discuss some uses of BED data and provide examples from articles and research by BED program office staff.

About the data:
In preparation for the webinar, participants may want to acquaint themselves with BED data by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website:

David Talan, Supervisory Economist
Business Employment Dynamics
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Charles Carson, Economist
Business Employment Dynamics
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pensions: The National Debate, Here’s the Data

This webinar is the third installment of APDU’s series on the Census of Governments. The presentation will encompass the past, present, and future of public pension data – the data the Census Bureau has historically collected for over 50 years, the recent development of a new public pension product, and planned improvements. The speakers will describe how the data are used for policy and macroeconomic analysis.

Erika H. Becker-Medina
Chief, Employment and Benefit Statistics Branch
Governments Division
U.S. Census Bureau

Paul A. Smith
Chief, Flow of Funds Section
Division of Research and Statistics
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Alex Brown
Research Associate
National Association of State Retirement Administrators

Data on Housing Topics

Data on Housing Topics

Do you work with data on housing? This webinar will present an overview of the housing statistics produced by the Census Bureau and general guidance regarding data user challenges in collecting, tabulating, and disseminating housing data.

About the Data:
In preparation for the webinar, participants may want to acquaint themselves with the housing resources of the Census Bureau by visiting their web page:

Richard Levy, Statistician
Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division / Financial and Market Characteristics Branch
U.S. Census Bureau

National Longitudinal Surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

This webinar will provide an overview of the Bureau of Labor Statistics National Longitudinal Surveys program, the population groups that have been surveyed by BLS, and the types of information collected in the surveys.  Other topics to be covered include:

  • Who uses NLS data?
  • Examples of the types of research questions that have been examined using NLS data
  • How to obtain NLS data and documentation

About the Data:
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women.  For more than four decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.  Information about the NLS is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website:

Jay Meisenheimer – Assistant Director, National Longitudinal Surveys, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Taxes: More Than Just Income & Sales

This webinar is the second installment of APDU’s webinar series on the Census of Governments.  This session will explain how the Census Bureau classifies and assigns tax revenues, what it publishes, and how the data is used for policy and macroeconomic analysis outside of the Census Bureau.

Cheryl H. Lee
Branch Chief
State Finance and Tax Statistics Branch, Governments Division
U.S. Census Bureau

Kim Rueben
Senior Fellow
Tax Policy Center
Urban Institute

Christopher Hall
Tax Analysis Division
Ohio Department of Taxation

Delivering What Users Want: The History of U.S. Census Small Area Data

Since the late nineteenth century, the U.S. Census Bureau has met the growing demand for new types of small area data.  Beginning with the 1890 Census, the Census Bureau attempted to make small area data more routine and consistent and expand the scope of such data in its products. The Census Bureau was responding to requests from public health agents who wanted to investigate causes of disease, which, at that time, they saw as overcrowding, poor sanitation, and possibly topography.  Tract level data, first introduced in New York City in the 1910 Census, was added for other cities and became essential for social welfare programming, business purposes, and local government planning.  Fast forward to the internet age and widespread demand for Block Group and Block Level data for a host of applications.  Michael Snow, historian at the U.S. Census Bureau, will present this fascinating history of the development of small area data products.

Statistics of Governments: A General Overview

An overview of the use of public data, including by state and local government, as well as the county viewpoint.

  • Donald J. Boyd, Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Institute
  • Jacqueline J. Byers, Director of Research and Outreach, National Association of Counties
  • Christopher Pece, Senior technical Advisor, Governments Division, U.S. Census Bureau

User Perspectives on ACS 5-year Data

Overview of the American Community Survey 5-year data, its strengths and potential shortcomings, with a focus on small area data.

  • Ken Hodges, Chief Demographer, Nielsen
  • Warren A. Brown, Ph.D., Director of Applied Demography Program, University of Georgia