Demographics and Economic Development

December 28, 2014

Learn more about how to access key demo­graph­ics and infor­ma­tion about eco­nomic devel­op­ment around Ore­gon and the United States by check­ing out the links to resources below.

U.S. Bureau of the Cen­sus is the go-to resource for all demo­graphic infor­ma­tion, includ­ing poverty rates. Some exam­ples of poverty reports that the U.S. Bureau of the Cen­sus has pub­lished include:

State of Ore­gon Work­force and Eco­nomic Research Divi­sion updates infor­ma­tion about Oregon’s statewide and local labor mar­kets. Some data top­ics include:

  • Statewide and local unem­ploy­ment rates
  • Cur­rent employ­ment estimates
  • Employ­ment and wages by industry
  • State unem­ploy­ment rankings

Com­mu­nity Wealth pro­vides resources for community-based eco­nomic devel­op­ment.  The site also describes strate­gies and mod­els for local com­mu­ni­ties, pub­lic solu­tions, and place-based ini­tia­tives. The Eco­nomic Suc­cess Clear­ing­house (for­merly known as the Wel­fare Infor­ma­tion Net­work) includes research on Indi­vid­ual Devel­op­ment Accounts and other inno­v­a­tive state and local programs.

Eco­nomic Pol­icy Insti­tute addresses research on top­ics including:

  • Bud­get, Taxes, and Pub­lic Investment
  • Edu­ca­tion
  • Green Eco­nom­ics
  • Health
  • Immi­gra­tion
  • Inequal­ity and Poverty
  • Jobs and Unemployment

Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics through the US Depart­ment of Labor, pro­vides tools, pub­li­ca­tions, and sta­tis­tics on a wide range of sub­jects. Poverty-related top­ics include:

  • Loca­tion Quo­tient Cal­cu­la­tor, which pro­vides a way to com­pare the indus­trial activ­ity lev­els among dif­fer­ent areas of the country
  • Map­ping Unem­ploy­ment Rates (cus­tomized by state, met­ro­pol­i­tan areas, and counties)
  • Regional Resources (e.g., West­ern states)
  • Employ­ment pro­jec­tions by Edu­ca­tion and Occupation

The Cen­ter on Bud­get and Pol­icy Pri­or­i­ties works at the fed­eral and state lev­els on fis­cal pol­icy and pub­lic pro­grams that affect low and moderate-income fam­i­lies and indi­vid­u­als.  Recent poverty and Income resources include analy­ses of Safety Net pro­gram cuts, the “Oppor­tu­nity Grant” pro­posal, and the War on Poverty 50 Years Later. The site also has a Pol­icy Basics Archive with a series of brief back­ground reports on issues related to bud­gets, taxes, and gov­ern­ment assis­tance programs.

America’s Per­fect Storm: Three Forces Chang­ing Our Nation’s Future is a 2007 report from ETS (Edu­ca­tional Test­ing Service)’s Pol­icy Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter. It looks at the con­ver­gence of socio-economic forces that are chang­ing the nation: dis­par­i­ties in read­ing and math skills, major eco­nomic changes, and demo­graphic shifts.

National Skills Coali­tion com­bines eco­nomic, work­force, and edu­ca­tional devel­op­ment to focus on build­ing a stronger work­force. Resources include fed­eral and state poli­cies, research and webi­nars on poverty-related top­ics like TANF, SNAP, and immi­gra­tion reform.


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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)