State Profiles: The Population and Economy of Each U.S. State provides a wealth of current, authoritative, and comprehensive data on key demographic and economic indicators for each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Each state is covered by a compact standardized chapter that allows for easy comparisons and timely analysis between the states. The data come from a variety of sources including: _ Bureau of Economic Analysis _ Bureau of Labor Statistics _ Census Bureau _ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention _ Energy Information Agency _ Federal Bureau of Investigation _ International Trade Administration _ National Center for Education Statistics _ Federal Bureau of Investigation _ U.S. Department of Agriculture An 8-page profile for each U.S. state plus the District of Columbia provides reliable, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics, including: _ Population and labor force _ Income and poverty _ Government finances _ Economic structure _ Crime _ Education _ Health insurance coverage _ Voting _ Marital status _ Agriculture _ And more A Few Examples of the Type of Data That Can Be Found In State Profiles: _ In 2008, unemployment ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in South Dakota to a high of 8.4 percent in Michigan. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent _ Voter turnout for the 2008 presidential election varied widely by state. The District of Columbia and Minnesota had the highest rates each with around 75 percent of eligible voter turning outs, while Hawaii and Utah had among the lowest voter turnout both around 52 percent. _ Nevada was the fastest growing state from 2000 to 2008 growing by 30.1 percent, followed by Arizona at 26.7 percent. Only two states_Louisiana and North Dakota_saw a decline in their population from 2000 to 2008. _ In 2007, 25.2 percent of all people in Texas were not covered by health insurance_the highest in the country. In contrast, only 5.2 percent of people in Massachusetts were not covered by health insurance. If you want a single source of key demographic and economic data on each of the U.S. states , there is no other book or Web site like State Profiles. In addition, this book provides an overview of the U.S. economy which provides a framework for understanding the state information. This book is primarily useful for public, school, and college and university libraries, as well as for economic and sociology departments. However, anyone needing state-level information-students, state officials, investors, economic analysts, concerned citizens-will find State Profiles wealth of data and analysis absolutely essential!