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REIS: Regional Economic Information System
1. What is it?
REIS is a mixed DVD containing economic information about regions of the United States. The information is available for states, counties, and metropolitan areas (a metropolitan area is a central city and the county or counties that surround it; for example, the Omaha Metropolitan Area is all of Dodge County).
The information is available in two formats: statistical data called TABLES and text reports called BEARFACTS.
REIS includes such information as Per Capita Income (PCI), Farm Income, Total Personal Income (TPI), earnings by industry, etc. from 1969 to the present.
2. Who produces it?
U. S. Commerce Department, Economic and Statistics Administration, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Measurement Division.
3. Are there guides to using it?
4. Is it updated?
It was updated annually, in mid-May. The newest DVD covers 1969 - 2006. Newer information is online. See: http://rosi.unk.edu/record=b1325609~S0
5. Can the DVD be checked out?
6. Sudoc number (disc's call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
C 59. 24: (year)
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
No; some of the data is available in paper. Use the Lexis/Nexis Statistical in the Library's online system.
a. USING IT:
There will be a list of choices on the top of the screen (TABLES, AREAS, etc). The main part of the screen contains an introduction to REIS which you can read through by using the Page Down or down arrow keys. In order to get information from REIS you must select four things:
** What categories of information you want (TABLES).
** What geographic area you want information about (AREAS).
** What year(s) you want information for (TIME PERIOD).
** How you want the information displayed (ACTION).
WARNING: Under some circumstances, the software "remembers" the last search that was done, and will ask you, for example, if you want to search for the same geographical areas as last time. You can eliminate this by moving the cursor to "Clear" in the TABLES menu. You can also use "Clear" at the end to prevent the software from remembering your search.
To begin, use the left and right arrows to move the cursor to TABLES. (Tables for Gross State Product and Journey to Work are not available; they must be run from the hard drive.)
Move the cursor to any of the TABLES listed in black for a statistical matrix. (If you prefer a text report, Bearfacts are 2-page text summaries; see below.) Press Enter.
If you select "Cntysum Prog" (County Summary Program) you can view tables on the following subjects:
CA1-3, Personal income data
CA34, Wage and salary data
CA91, Inflow/outflow of earnings
If you select "Detail County, MSA, State Tables" you have a choice of five tables:
CA05, Total Personal Income and Earnings by Industry
CA25, Total Full & Part-Time Employment by Industry
CA30, Regional Economic Profile
CA35, Transfer Payments
CA45, Farm Income and Expenses
Select the TABLE you want. Use the arrow keys and the space bar. Next, move the cursor to AREAS. You can choose any area printed in black. To choose counties, you must first select a state. When you have selected the areas you want, move the cursor to TIME PERIOD. Use the arrows to mark the year(s) you wish. Press Enter. Move the cursor to Action. Press Enter.
If you select "BEARFACTS, you must then pick the state, county, and year(s) for which you want data.
Move the cursor to ACTION. Move the cursor to Print. Press Enter. Press Y twice.
d. COPYING (DOWNLOADING):
Move the cursor to ACTION. Move the cursor to Copy. Press Enter.
e. GETTING OUT:
Press Escape. Type Y. Press Enter.
Courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. 9/92
Diana J. Keith
Government Documents Librarian
Government Documents Department
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
Revised July, 2009