Category Archives: Demographic Profiles

From Adult Learning Spotlight, November 2019

Powerful Learning

People exchanging informationMeet The Low Wage Workforce

“Fifty-three million Americans – 44% of all workers aged 18-64 – have low-wage jobs, according to “Meet The Low Wage Workforce,” a new report from the Brookings Institute. These workers earn median hourly wages of $10.22 and median annual earnings of $17,950. The common thread in the report’s recommendations are “policies and programs to support low-wage workers advance to higher wage and greater financial stability should address both sides of the labor market: the assets and circumstances of workers and the number and nature of available jobs.”

Other articles in the November, 2019 edition:

Adult English Literacy in the United States – NCES Data Point

Of the 43 million adults in the U.S. with low English literacy skills, two-thirds of them were born in the U.S.” — National Center for Education Statistics Data Point. (Download the full 2019 document at the above link.)

Infographic of the number of adults with low English literacy skills

U.S.-Born adults make up the largest percentage of those with low English literacy skills

The Data Point was written by AIR, using data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. It only considered literacy in the English language, not adults’ overall literacy.

Green line that separates post

Data Gems – Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau page states these new video features best:

Our team of experts is excited to share with you their favorite tips and tricks about how to access and use Census Bureau Data.

So we created the Data Gems:  a series of “how-to” videos available for data users who are looking for an easy and quick way to enhance their knowledge of Census data.

They will introduce you to various concepts and techniques to improve your ability to navigate our website and use our data-access tools.

We hope you find these Gems valuable! Drop us a line at census.academy@census.gov and let us know what you think!

The image below lists all but one video on the site. To access them click on Data Gems.

Images of 20 videos available on Data Gems - U.S. Census

Twenty of twenty-one videos available to learn how to access data specific to your region.

Green line that separates post

 

 

ALICE: Looking up financial insecurity region by region in Virginia & 14 other states

United Way logoWorking Hard, But Struggling to Survive

ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This is a project of United Ways in Connecticut, Florida, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

ALICE families earn above the federal poverty level, but do not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. The United Way ALICE Reports use new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county, and municipal level. This link leads to a page on the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration’s site that houses the regional Virginia statistics.

Logo of the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark

line3

America’s Civil Courts:Whom Do We Serve?

America’s Civil Courts: Whom Do We Serve?

Civil courts

This website offers consumer-oriented solutions that require a deep and
accurate understanding of the people being served. Each county is
different, with unique communities of people, needs, resources and service
networks.

Every year in America, tens of millions of people find themselves in court, without a lawyer, lost in a system built for lawyers.

The Justice for All Project has called on Access to Justice Commissions and coalitions around the country to develop consumer-oriented, comprehensive strategic plans. These plans will support 100% access to effective assistance for essential civil legal needs through court simplification and offering a continuum of services to include information, advice and appropriate levels of representation.

This tool showcases publicly available data to help inform service design and identify collaborative opportunities that best meet the needs of individual counties, while also laying the foundation of future research and evaluation.

SCROLL DOWN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY. Click on the maps until you enter the state or county you are looking for.

Click here to enter the site: https://goo.gl/5BhxYd

Line Break

Today’s Traditional Student Looks Like Yesterday’s Non-Traditional Students

traditional student

Recently, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates: 2011-12, a report with descriptive statistics about nontraditional undergraduate students. Nontraditional students have the following characteristics: they are independent, have dependents of their own, did not enter postsecondary education immediately after high school, and/or may be working while enrolled in school. The report presents key demographic, enrollment, and academic data from comprehensive, nationally representative surveys of nontraditional students. Click on image to enter the site.

Line Break

Regional Statistics for Virginia’s Adult Ed Regions

planning districtsFind data and statistics for each region in Virginia for

  • educational attainment
  • poverty and income
  • community profiles for the regions and their counties and cities

va foreign bornNEW!!! Just added to all regions is the Survey of Virginia Foreign Born population.

Click here to enter the page: https://literacyfacts.wordpress.com/adult-education/virginia-regional-statistics/