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The following tables, graphs, and maps look at the number and percentage of own children living in families where all parents present are in the labor force. The data are from a U.S. Census Bureau program called the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is an ongoing, nation-wide survey conducted every month. Each year approximately 1 in 40 persons are sampled. During the past 5 years in Nebraska, there has been an average of about 40,000 persons interviewed per year.

While this annual number of interviews is adequate for state-level summaries, for smaller levels of geography like counties and legislative districts, only 5-year data are available for analysis. The estimates contained in this report are based on the both the single-year 2013 ACS and the 5-year 2009-2013 ACS. The 5-year estimates are period estimates. They represent the characteristics of the population over the specific data collection period.

The charts and tables in this report are based on the District Boundaries for the 103rd Legislature that were approved by the Legislature in 2011 and were based on the data from the 2010 Census. Because of changes in Legislative District boundaries, the charts and tables in this report are not directly comparable to prior reports using the previous boundaries.

Below are definitions of some of the terms used in this report.

Own Child – An own child is a never-married child under 18 years who is a son or daughter by birth, a stepchild, or an adopted child of the householder. In certain tabulations, own children are further classified as living with two parents or with one parent only. Own children of the householder living with two parents are by definition found only in married-couple families.

(Note: When used in “EMPLOYMENT STATUS” tabulations, own child refers to a never married child under the age of 18 in a family or a subfamily who is a son or daughter, by birth, marriage, or adoption, of a member of the householder’s family, but not necessarily of the householder.)

All Parents in the Labor Force – If a child lives with two parents, then both parents are in the labor force. If a child lives with one parent only, then that parent is in the labor force.

Labor Force – The labor force includes all people classified in the civilian labor force, plus members of the U.S. Armed Forces (people on active duty with the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard). The Civilian Labor Force consists of people classified as employed or unemployed.