Friday Factday: Brookings Metro Monitor for 2019

By |2019-04-12T16:49:04-04:00April 12th, 2019|Economic Development, Economy, Equity, Friday Factday|

As noted recently, we all love a good index, especially when the index aggregates a bunch of different data into "buckets" that make more intuitive sense.  And it helps when indices have been "around for a while". In data geek parlance, "around for a while" translates to: 'serve as a longitudinal dataset to allow [...]

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Web Wednesday: Opportunities for Connecting the Disconnected (Youth)

By |2019-04-10T17:20:22-04:00April 10th, 2019|Age and Generations, Economic Development, Economy, Web Wednesday|

The unemployment story is getting better recently -- for all age groups. That's to say, the unemployment rates are lower across the board. But they aren't better equally for everyone. Rates are highest for the 16 to 24 age group, which were up to 20 percent nationally at the height of the recession and [...]

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Five Things to Know About Census 2020

By |2019-04-03T17:05:08-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Population, Web Wednesday|

As of Monday, we're just one year out from Census 2020, and even if you're not a demographer or data wonk, we promise it's kind of a big deal. Here's why: It's critical for political representation. If you care about who represents you in Congress, and how much representation you get, then the census update matters [...]

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Web Wednesday: The Vitality Index

By |2019-03-20T16:50:14-04:00March 20th, 2019|Economic Development, Economy, Web Wednesday|

Everybody loves to rank stuff. The NCAA just seeded teams 1-68 for March Madness, for instance (and, incidentally, may your bracket hopes live long and prosper). But oftentimes rankings neither are useful for comparing things nor predictive of results. Creating an index— AKA, building a composite ranking system — can give much better results, [...]

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