What’s New on PolicyMap – October 2013


Workforce Demographics – by Residence and Job Location

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This exciting NEW data from the Census’ Longitudinal Employer – Household Dynamics (LEHD) can provide you with information on the demographics (earnings, education, race, and age) of working people who live in a particular area vs. the demographics of the people who work in that area. For example, did you know that?

  • Over 50% of the people who work in Miami earn over $40,000 per year in their primary job, compared to only 30.56% of the workers who live in Miami.
  • Of the 5 largest cities in the country – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia – Philadelphia has the highest rate of females who work in the City (53%).
  • And, in those same 5 cities, Los Angeles has the highest percentage of workers who live within the City who don’t have a high school diploma.

This data is used by local economic development agencies across the country to create workforce investment strategies, stay on top of demographic and economic trends in their communities and even understand the impact of taxes on residents vs. workers in an area.

Use PolicyMap to visualize this data and conduct analysis for cities, counties, zip codes, census tracts and block groups. Data is available for 2002 through 2011 and can be found in the Jobs and Economy tab under Workforce Demographics by Residence and Workforce Demographics by Job Location. Learn more.

Community Health Care Centers with Performance Data

1 out of 15 people living in the U.S. now relies on a community based health center for primary care. This figure is likely to grow as health centers are slated to expand under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to updating the locations of these clinics, PolicyMap now provides you with patient demographics, services used, and quality of care. You will find this under the Health tab. Learn more.

Medicare Data

PolicyMap features Medicare data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This data shows the number of Medicare beneficiaries and their demographics as well as some measures of service utilization and quality, inpatient and outpatient visits, FQHC/Rural Health Center visits, costs billed to Medicare and ER visits and hospital readmissions. This data is available for counties and states on an annual basis from 2007 through 2011 and can be found in the Health tab, under Federal Programs.

Data Updates for October

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages: Data is now updated through 2012 and provides you with detailed employment numbers and wage data for specific industries. The availability of data by specific industry allows you to narrow the data down to people who work in gas stations, in food manufacturing, or even lumberjacks! Find this in the Jobs & Economy tab under "Employment by Job Location".

Unemployment: August unemployment data – which just came out on Monday due to the federal government shutdown – is available on PolicyMap. You can access this data in the Jobs & Economy tab.

Add Sites and Boundaries

FDIC Bank Branches and Bank Failures: Bank branch office data is updated on PolicyMap to 2013. The points show each bank branch location, as well as information about the bank, and deposits in the bank and branch. It’s available in the Banking menu in the Add Sites section. Learn more.

Farmers' Markets: The number of farmers' markets from the USDA Farmers' Market Directory is now updated for 2013 – find it in the Health tab under Local Foods. The locations of over 8,000 farmers' markets are also available in Add Sites under Grocery Retail Access. The points include contact information as well as whether or not the market accepts WIC, SNAP, and other payment methods.

American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian areas: These geographic designations from Census can be found in the Map Boundaries box, under the name "Indian Areas".

HUD Multifamily and Public Housing Developments

This address level data provides you with the latest information on apartment complexes supported by HUD, including the address, number of units, owner, demographic information, and physical inspection scores. Find these under the Add Sites menu under Housing and Real Estate.

2014 HUD Fair Market Rents

This data is established by HUD each fiscal year to determine standard payment amounts for Federal housing assistance and is available at the County Subdivision geography. Find it under the Owners and Renters tab. Learn more.

Analytics from The Reinvestment Fund

Milwaukee MVA from TRFTRF has completed its latest Market Value Analysis (MVA) for the City of Milwaukee.  It is available in PolicyMap under the TRF Analytics tab as well as in interactive maps powered by PolicyMap here: http://www.lisc.org/milwaukee.  These Market Value Analyses are used by local areas around the country as a means of strategically deploying limited resources throughout an area.  Learn more about TRF’s MVAs.

For an up-to-date listing of all data available in PolicyMap, visit our data directory. Have a question or want to learn more? Just give us a call at 1-866-923-6277 (MAPS)