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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Finds that U.S. federal debt held by the public is now at 77% of GDP, the highest level since shortly after World War II.  If current laws remain unchanged, the debt will rise sharply over the next 30 years to 150% of GDP.  The report also discusses the demographic and economic trends that underlie the long-term projections.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Multifactor Productivity Trends—2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

Productivity decreased at an annual rate of 0.2% in 2016, marking the first decline in multifactor productivity since 2009.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment Situation of Veterans—2016

Categories: Disability,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Veterans,Vietnam

The unemployment rate for post-2001 veterans moved down to 5.1% in 2016.  Provides details about veterans’ employment status by gender, age, service-connected disability status, and state.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Highest Educational Levels Reached by Adults in the U.S. Since 1940

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Statistics

Agency press release which announces that more than one-third of the adult population in the U.S. has a bachelor’s degree or higher.  Includes links to Educational Attainment in the United States: 2016, a set of statistical files on education attainment by race, gender, and age.  From the Census Bureau


Federal Justice Statistics, 2014– Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

More than 30 tables on workloads and outcomes of the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Federal Justice Statistics, 2013-2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

Covers statistics on federal arrests including immigration arrests, outcomes of trials, characteristics of defendants, inmates in correctional institutions, and recidivism rates.  Also examines trends in drug arrests.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Moore v. Texas

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Laws/Regulations,Mental Health,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 Supreme Court ruling that Texas used unconstitutional standards in determining that a death row inmate was not intellectually disabled.  The court had previously ruled in a Virginia case (Atkins v. Virginia) that executing the “mentally retarded” violated the Constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  That decision left it up to states to determine their own guidelines for intellectual disability.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


The Years Before School: Children’s Nonparental Care Arrangements From 2001 to 2012

Categories: Children,Education,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines the pre-school care arrangements for children from birth through age 5 including different types of care, time spent by children in care, and out-of-pocket costs for parents.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


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