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Counting Virginia’s High School Dropouts: Understanding the New Methods and the Bigger Number

Categories: Education,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Describes pertinent national and state trends in promoting education accountability, the new cohort dropout rate, what it is, and how it differs from the single-year dropout measure, sample results using the two approaches, and related issues about cohort dropout rates and on-time graduation rates. From the Cooper Center of Public Service at the University of Virginia

What does Foreclosure Entail?

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

Explains what foreclosure means and what causes it to happen, provides statistics on the number of foreclosures since the subprime mortgage crisis began in 2007, and offers a list of resources on the topic. From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The 2008/2009 World Economic Crisis: What It Means for U.S. Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

The world economic crisis has resulted in reduced demand for U.S. agricultural exports and lower commodity prices, which has resulted in reduced farm income and lower farm real estate values. From the Economic Research Service

Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter 2008 Final

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Press release with links to detailed data. Reports that revised figures show that U.S. gross domestic product declined at an annual rate of 6.3% in the fourth quarter. From the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

2008 U.S. Official Development Assistance

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Statistics

Reports that U.S official development assistance increased substantially in 2008 based on preliminary data. U.S. aid totaled $26 billion, a $4.2 billion or 19% increase from the previous year. From the State Department

Family-Level Expenditures on Health Care and Insurance Premiums Among the U.S. Nonelderly Population

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Marriage/Family,Statistics

Examines family level expenditures on health care services and health insurance premiums. Finds that total expenditures on health care services were highest among families with public insurance coverage and lowest among uninsured families. Mean total expenditures were $8,831 among families with public insurance, $6,785 among families with private insurance, and $1,425 among uninsured families. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Hospitalizations from Eating Disorders from 1999 to 2006

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Women,Youth

Reports that hospitalizations for eating disorders increased by 18% between 1999 and 2006. Provides data by characteristics of victims and types of specific disorders. Also provides information on hospital costs and on serious secondary diagnoses for eating disorder patients. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages and Substance Use Among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Smoking/Tobacco,Youth

Reports results of surveys of youths who were exposed to substance abuse prevention messages and those who were not, and the relative effectiveness of the messages. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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