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Instructions for Using American Fact Finder to Find Floral, Jewelry and Marriage Data

February 1, 2016

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For step-by-step instructions for using the American Fact Finder shown in Evan Wyloge’s article, check out the video and follow the steps below:

Step-by-Step Instructions for Using the American Fact Finder:

*Here’s how we got to the florists database:

  • From the American Fact Finder home page linked above, click “Advanced Search” followed by “Show Me All.”
  • Choose “Industry Codes” on the left side of the window and type in “4531” to search for florists.
  • Choose florists, click “Topics” on the left side, then choose “Business and Industry.”
  • Click “Labor Costs” and then “Payroll (annual).”
  • Choose the “Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns” table from the list (should be the first option).
  • Select the year of your choice on the left side of the window.
  • Calculate the annual average salary by multiplying the “Annual Payroll” field by 1,000 and then dividing it by the “Paid Employees for Pay Period” field.
  • Click the “Add/Remove Geographies Button” in the middle of the page to choose a specific geographic region, .
  • Type in the name of the area you want to look at in that window, and then hit the “Show Table” button once selected.

**Industry code for the Jewelry industry is 448310.

***Here’s how we accessed the marriage dataset:

  • From the American Fact Finder home page linked above, click “Advanced Search” followed by “Show Me All.”
  • Choose “Topics” on the left side of the window, followed by “People” -> “”Marital and Fertility Status” -> “Marital Status.”
  • Choose the “Marital Status” dataset that is from the “2014 ACS 1-year estimates.”
  • Click the “Add/Remove Geographies Button” in the middle of the page if you want to choose a specific geographic region.
  • In that window, type in the name of the area you want to look at and then hit the “Show Table” button once you have it selected.

 

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