Magyarországon most folyik a népszámlálás; az USA-ban szeptember végén hozták nyilvánosságra a legfrissebb statisztikai eredményeket.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012. U.S. Census Bureau. September 28, 2011.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

The White Population: 2010. U.S. Bureau of Census. September 29, 2011.

The white alone population grew by 6 percent from 211.5 million in 2000 to 223.6 million in 2010. In comparison, the total U.S. population grew by 9.7 percent over the decade from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010. While the white alone population increased numerically over the 10-year period, its percentage of the total population declined from 75 percent to 72 percent.

Rural American at a Glance, 2011. U.S. Department of Agriculture. September 27, 2011.

Rural America at a Glance, 2011 Edition highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas for use in developing policies and programs to assist rural areas. This year’s edition focuses on the U.S. rural economy, including employment trends, poverty, education, and population trends.

A child with her mother in New York

America Reaches Its Demographic Tipping Point. Brookings Institution. William H. Frey. August 26, 2011.

The latest wave of 2010 Census data, released this week, confirms what earlier surveys have strongly hinted: virtually half of recent births in the U.S. are minorities. We are becoming a more globalized nation than most Americans have experienced in their lifetimes. The great demographic change has potential long term benefits for our population growth in terms of our economic competitiveness in the international marketplace. But these changes, coming so quickly and evolving from the “bottom up” of our age structure, may exacerbate existing cultural generation gaps, as older, largely white generations may be slow to recognize the promise of this change, according to the author.

Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in America’s 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas, from Brookings, by Howard Wial and Richard Shearer

The metropolitan data show that government is associated with economic performance since the beginning of the recession. Although we do not have data on government spending at the metropolitan level, data on government employment make the point. The metropolitan areas that suffered least since the beginning of the recession typically had increases in the number of government jobs (federal, state, and local combined). Those that suffered the most typically lost government jobs. Yet government job cuts have become widespread even as total employment has grown during the recovery. These cuts have contributed to the slow pace of the recovery.

Poverty and Health Insurance Data Actually Highlight Some Policy Successes. Andrew Fieldhouse. The Century Foundation, 09/13/2011

Today’s report also demonstrates that deliberate government policies can have remarkable success, be it cutting the number of seniors living in poverty by roughly three-fourths, keeping more than 23.5 million Americans out of poverty in a single year, or expanding health care to an additional 11.1 million children over a decade. The federal budget is the embodiment of national priorities, which for the last half century have included alleviating poverty, promoting economic security and dignity in retirement, and expanding health care, particularly to seniors and children. The Super Committee can and should hold true to these values at this time of widespread economic insecurity.

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