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Journalism: Statistics

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Basic Statistics

Sub-group Statistics

Work-Related Statistics

The Basics

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Available at the reference desk and online; this is the best place to start when looking for statistics.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 Ref HA202.H57 (At the Reference Desk.)
This source is useful if you are looking for statistics prior to 1970. It is the historical supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on What Ref HC110.C6.A666
Reports on household spending on a range of categories, such as apparel, entertainment, food, health care, housing, education and more.

Data and publications on income from the Bureau of the Census

National Economic Trends
From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Data and publications from the Bureau of the Census

SOI Tax Stats - Individual Statistical Tables by Size of Adjusted Gross Income
Statistical tables from the Internal Revenue Service presenting data on individual income and charitable donations by income bracket.

United Nations Data on Poverty

World Bank Poverty Assessments by Region and Country and Poverty Analysis

Sub-Group Stats

Statistical Handbook on the American Family Ref HQ.536.S727
A compilation of statistics on American families across a broad range of topics including demographics, economics, living arrangements, quality of marriage and family life and children.

Statistical Handbook on Women in America Ref HQ1420.T34
Statistics on America's women such as demographics, employment and economic status, health, and social characteristics such as marriage, living arrangements, education and political involvement.

Statistical Handbook on the World's Children Ref HQ.767.9.K385
A compilation of statistics covering demograhics, educaiton, health and disease, economics, family and social environment, and crime and violence.

Statistical Handbook on Aging Americans Ref HQ1064.U5.S695
Statistics on this segment of the population pertaining to demographics, social characteristics, health status, employment and economic conditions, and spending.

Statistical Record of Older Americans Ref HQ1064.U5.S697
Statistics on older Americans: demographics, education, families, income and spending, pensions and retirement, labor and employment, housing, health and health care, nursing homes, lifestyles, opinions and more.

Work-related Stats

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Has employment and unemployment, inflation and consumer spending, injuries and illnesses, wages and earnings, and more.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics Ref HD8064.H38
A complilation of statistics on employment, earnings, prices, productivity and other labor data. The data is segmented according to gender, age, educational attainment and type of work.

The State of Working America Ref HD.8066.M57
Covers topics such as family income, wages, wealth inequality, poverty, and regional differences.

Gini Index by Country

Gini index measures the extent to which the distribution of income (or, in some cases, consumption expenditure) among individuals or households within an economy deviates from a perfectly equal distribution.  A Gini index of 0 represents perfect equality, while an index of 100 implies perfect inequality.

Data from World Bank

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