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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States 2016

The National Data Book

Bernan Press and ProQuest

A snapshot of America and its people

Published annually by the federal government since 1878,
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps the world. You’ll find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries as the authoritative go-to source. Librarians value the Statistical Abstract as both an answer book and a guide to statistical sources. As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.

In the spring of 2011, the Census Bureau announced that the edition that year would be the last one produced at government expense. Despite protests from librarians and journalists and despite petitions to Congress, the Census Bureau unit that published the
Statistical Abstract was eliminated. Its elimination resulted not from a decline in the popularity or perceived value of statistical compilations, but from the need to reduce agency spending while supporting new and existing data collection efforts.

ProQuest has now taken on responsibility for updating and releasing this publication, the most used statistical reference tool in U.S. libraries. We bring to this task 35 years experience acquiring, abstracting, and indexing federal government statistical publications and tables.

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Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces
Sexuality and family planning
Life expectancy
Marriages and divorces

Health and Nutrition
National Health Expenditure Accounts
Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP
Health insurance
Healthcare industry revenue and employment
Hospitals and healthcare utilization
Health measures
Health measures, children
Food consumption, nutrition

Overview, All level of education
School readiness
Primary and secondary schools
Higher education
School crime and safety

Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons
Crimes and crime rates
Law enforcement and arrests
Juveniles, child abuse
Prisoners and inmates
Fire departments and property losses

Geography and Environment
Land and water
Air quality
Municipal hazardous waste

Voter registration and vote results
Campaign finances

State and Local Government Finances and Employment
Governmental units
Aid to state and local governments
State and local governments
State government finances
Local government finances
Employment and payroll

Federal Government Finances and Employment
Budget receipts, outlays, debt
Income taxes
Federal employment, payroll, and facilities

National Security and Veterans Affairs
National defense outlays, expenditures, personnel
Military manpower
Military sales and assistance
Homeland security

Social Insurance and Human Services
Government transfer payments
Social security, retirement funds, and other income assistance
Federal food programs and family assistance
Child care, child support
Social services providers

Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings
Labor force status
Occupations and employment projections
Compensation and hours worked
Union membership

Income, Expenditures, Poverty, and Wealth
Gross domestic product
Personal and household income
Consumer expenditures
Money income
Poverty status

Consumer price index
Cost of living index
Producer price index

Business Enterprise
Sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations
Establishments, employees, payroll
Firms, births, deaths, expansions, and contractions
Women- and minority-owned businesses
Bankruptcy, patents
Investment, capital expenditures
Economic indicators
Corporate profits

Science and Technology
Research and Development funds, outlays
Science and engineering degrees
Science and engineering employment
Space program

Farms and farmland
Farm balance sheet, income
Agricultural exports and imports
Crops, livestock

Forestry, Fishing, and Mining
Natural resource-related industries
Timber, lumber
Mining, minerals, and energy resources

Energy and Utilities
Energy production, consumption
Energy expenditures and trade
Crude oil
Renewable energy
Electric power
Gas and other utilities
Construction and Housing
Construction industry indicators
Home sales and prices
Housing supply
Housing occupancy and tenure
Home improvements
Nonresidential construction
Manufacturing summary
Hours and earnings of production workers
Shipments, inventories, new orders, and finances
Industry reports by subject and subsector
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Wholesale trade
Retail trade
Transportation system
Air transportation
Water transportation and port traffic
Motor vehicle registrations and fuel consumption
Motor vehicle accidents
Urban transit and commuting
Trucks, railroads, and pipelines
Postal service

Information and Communications
Information industries
Publishing, newspapers, books, and online
Recording media and broadcasting
Internet access and use

Banking, Finance, and Insurance
Establishments, receipts
Flow of funds, financial assets, and liabilities
Financial institutions
Payment instruments, credit and debit cards
Consumer credit, mortgage debt
Money stock, interest rates
Stocks and bonds, equity ownership, mutual funds
Insurance and real estate

Arts, Recreation, and Travel
Employees, establishments, and payroll
Performing arts
Leisure activities
Parks and wildlife activities
Accommodation, Food Services, and Other Services

Foreign Commerce and Aid
International Transactions
Foreign investments
Foreign grants and credits
Exports and imports

Puerto Rico and the Island Areas
International Statistics
World population, vital statistics
Economic measures
Labor force
Energy and environment
Security and terrorism

Appendix I
Guide to Sources of Statistics, State Statistical Abstracts, and Foreign Statistical Abstracts

Appendix II
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: Concepts, Components, and Population

Appendix III
Limitations of the Data

Appendix IV
Weights and Measures

ProQuest and Bernan made a splash in 2012 when they took over the government's long-running publication of Statistical Abstract. If you bought the title back then are thinking that edition will suffice for a while longer, you might want to reconsider. This year's edition includes a number of new tables on topics that have been running through the media lately and which your patrons might be seeking statistics - for example, rape and sexual assault among college-age women; terrorism deaths, injuries, and kidnappings of private U.S. citizens by country; and veterans' income, education, and poverty and disability status compared to nonveterans. The majority of the data is annual...so that skipping a year means missing out on new and revised data for about 1,200 of the 1,400 tables in the book.
Library Journal

Following the earlier editions, this venerable reference source is still one large volume of ready-reference statistical information. The majority of the data in the book has been updated, with about 1,200 of the 1,400 tables new and revised. New information includes data on such 'hot topics' as terrorism deaths, injuries, and kidnappings of private U.S. citizens by select countries; tables on earnings by sex and women's earnings as a percent of men's earnings by occupation; figures on sexual assault among college-age females; and veterans' income, education, and disability status compared to nonveterans. This remains a classic and important reference work, suitable for most public and academic libraries.

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