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    Indicator Insight Volume: 4 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Monday, March 4, 2013

    Arizona's diverse population is always changing. Understanding the state's shifting demographics matters for good planning and effective policy making. This issue of Indicator Insight explores some of the major categories of demographic data available from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and other key sources.

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    Special Report
    Author(s):
    Ken Western
    Published: Friday, November 30, 2012

    Arizona faces some big challenges if it is to compete regionally, nationally and globally for the cutting-edge jobs that will help determine our economic future. As hard as state and community leaders are working, the report suggests that Arizona needs even more participation in economic development leadership, more collaboration among economic development groups and a greater sense of urgency. This report identifies a number of important issues that are key to advancing economic development in Arizona.

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    Arizona Directions in Brief Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    The war on poverty during the 1960s succeeded, cutting the national poverty rate in half by the early 1970s. Since then, however, the poverty rate of Americans under the age of 65 has increased. The poverty rate has climbed particularly among children; compared to an average of 15.5 percent during the 1971-to-1975 economic cycle, the poverty rate in each of the three cycles since 1982 averaged between 18 percent and 21 percent. One-in-five children lives in poverty and Arizona has consistently experienced higher poverty rates than the national average for all age groups except seniors.

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    Special Report Volume: 1 Issue: 3
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Monday, February 14, 2011

    Sampling error is very large for most Arizona counties in the American Community Survey. Read a nontechnical discussion of the accuracy of the ACS.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 3 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    The decennial census count for Arizona of 6,392,017 on April 1, 2010 is considerably less than the latest population estimates, which are for July 1, 2009. In this edition of Indicator Insight, author Tom Rex examines the possible reasons for the large census count discrepancy and its implications for Arizona.