Spokane Community Indicators e-Newsletter

#4 – 2017

INDICATOR NEWS

YAKIMA VALLEY TRENDS, EWU'S 10TH INDICATORS PROJECT, JUST LAUNCHED

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On Monday, November 13, Eastern Washington University's Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis launched their 10th indicators site: Yakima Valley Trends.

While the data offered on Yakima Valley Trends is basically the same as found on the Spokane Trends site, Yakima Valley boasts of a completely new web design and format. The basic indicator and website functions of the new format will be almost identical to the old design.

Keep watching in the early part of 2018 as we will be working hard to port the new web design over to all the other Trends sites Eastern Washington University manages.

U.S. CENSUS NOW OFFERS STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE TEST -

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The American Community Survey (ACS), from the U.S. Census, provides estimates for the nation, all 50 states individually, various counties and states across the nation. These estimates include various measures of well-being, income, population, diversity, housing, age and more. In the Community Indicators, we use these estimates to keep track of important trends throughout each county.

Each year as every ACS-sourced indicator on the Trends site receives an update, the numbers may show a significant change, a small change, or anything in-between. All ACS indicators are estimates based on a national survey. In prior years there was no way to tell the importance of that…

MOST U.S. OCCUPATIONS REQUIRE INCREASING DIGITAL SKILLS

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Perhaps digitalization began thousands of years ago when the Chinese first developed a binary arithmetic system as mentioned in I-Ching. By the time computers were programmed with punch cards the binary system, and henceforth digitalization of nearly everything, including how we do our jobs.

Brookings Institute has quantified "Digitalization and the American Workforce" by analyzing 545 occupations in the U.S., covering about 90% of all industries existing within the total U.S. workforce.

According to Brookings, "Digitalization is associated with increased pay and…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

LODGING TAX REDISTRIBUTION AT ALL-TIME HIGH

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The City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington are certainly economic hubs for the region, but just as much hubs for arts, academics, and entertainment too. After all, Spokane is the largest city on Interstate-90 between Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin.

From Hoopfest to Art Fest; Bloomsday, Pig Out in the Park, the Spokane Interstate Fair, the Lilac Festival and Torchlight Parade, to concerts, Broadway plays, museums, restaurants, golfing - there are many reasons people travel…

INCARCERATIONS BY RACE IN THE SPOKANE COUNTY JAIL

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Crime data are not usually your garden variety of statistics. By the nature of crime itself, that almost always begs to remain hidden by the perpetrator, so go crime statistics. A crime cannot be counted unless it receives an official response by law enforcement. Using known crimes as the basis of official crime statistics is the minimum response provided by law enforcement.

Inmate numbers, on the other hand, are an actual headcount of those incarcerated. Multiple headcounts might be taken in a day and this indicator simply reflects the annual average daily census of inmates in Spokane County, delineated by race, over the course of a given year. It measures incarcerations by race only in the Spokane County Jail. The Spokane County Jail…

MIDDLE CLASSES A LITTLE BETTER OFF IN SPOKANE COUNTY

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Income distribution, sometimes called income inequality, across a population is a common economic identifier used by policy makers and economists. Measuring Income distribution is similar to taking a person's blood pressure or heart rate at a doctor's office. If a person's pulse is high or low, it is difficult to tell why just by taking a person's pulse. Similarly in a population with exaggerated differences in income distribution, multiple other economic, political, and social factors must be looked at to ascertain if there are real problems such as endemic poverty, and if so, how to begin to address the problems.

Income distribution is a measurement of where income lies in the population and is normally measured in quintiles, or five 20% blocks totaling 100%. More specifically for Spokane County, this indicator takes the total number of households and divides…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

MARK POND - REFERENCE LIBRARIAN WITH THE SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY, BUSINESS LIBRARIAN

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Q: As the business reference librarian of the Spokane Library, you oversee an arsenal of data sources. Can you tell us which ones are the most requested?
A: Of the resources listed out at www.spokanebusiness.org, ReferenceUSA (our online business and consumer database) and DemographicsNow (which hosts a wealth of consumer spending and marketing data) are the two top performers. Coming in close behind is Lynda.com, an online, on-demand platform for education and training. Lynda.com isn't exactly a data source but it lets people learn…