Guide to the NEA's Tables from the EEO 2006-2010 Data

All estimates for the total number of artists were calculated by summing results for the 11 distinct artist occupations.

State Tables, 2006-2010

State tables 1 through 13 are presented in five components, "a" through "e."  The "a," "b," and "c" tables are based on workers and artists in the labor force, which consists of both employed and unemployed workers and artists, and reflect where workers and artists reside.

The "a" series tables report overall counts of civilian labor force workers and artists in the labor force, the corresponding margin of error, and an index to the U.S. average. For each state, this index measures the number of workers in an occupation as a share of the state labor force, relative to the U.S. average.

To illustrate, Table 10a reports 7,880 musicians in the Tennessee labor force in 2006-2010. To help put this figure in perspective, consider that musicians are 0.26 percent of the Tennessee labor force. In other words, musicians, as a share of the Tennessee labor market, are 2 times greater than the U.S. average. Compared to all other states,  Tennessee has the highest concentration of musicians in the country--it ranks first in this index.     

Tables labeled "b" show civilian labor force workers and artists, by residence, by detailed race and ethnicity groups. Table 10b, for example, shows that 135 musicians in Tennessee were Hispanic or Latino--of these, 70 were White Hispanic and 65 were non-White Hispanic musicians. In summary, 86.5 percent of Tennessee's musicians are non-Hispanic White, a rate considerably higher than the U.S. average of 74 percent.

Tables labeled "c" for each of the 13 state tables report civilian workers and artists by gender. The "c" series also reflect the labor force (both employed and unemployed workers and artists) and residence. Table 10c, for instance, shows that among all U.S. musicians in the labor market, 34 percent are women. In Tennessee, however, that rate is much smaller--about 24 percent.

The "d" and "e" series of state tables, alternatively, report employed civilian workers by worksite. The "d" tables report age groups, with more detail reported for employed workers 40 years of age and older, while the "e" tables show earnings categories. For example, Table 10d shows that 14.5 percent of musicians working in Tennessee are 40 to 44 years of age. This share is greater than the 9.1 percent of all employed U.S. musicians in that age group.

In Table 10e we see that the share of musicians working in Tennessee earning $50,000 or more, per year, is 20.6 percent. That share is close to the average among all working musicians in the U.S.--18.2 percent.

Note: The "e" series state tables include a category labeled "no earnings," which occurs when the income of self-employed workers equals expenses--i.e., net income is zero.

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State tables Series "a" tables, summary Series "b" tables, race and ethnicity Series "c" tables, gender Series "d" tables, age groups Series "e" tables, earnings groups
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EEO table reference EEO-All01r EEO-All01r EEO-All01r EEO-All12w EEO-All11w

Metropolitan Statistical Area and City Tables, 2006-2010

Table 14 reports civilian workers and artists in the labor force, by residence, for U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. A metropolitan statistical area contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population. Each metro area consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core.

Table 14 is shown in three components, "a," "b," and "c."  Table 14a includes estimates for the civilian labor force, the total number of artists, actors, announcers, and architects. Table 14b continues with estimates for fine artists, dancers and choreographers, designers, and other entertainers. And Table 14c reports counts of musicians, photographers, producers and directors, and writers and authors.

Table 14 also shows the percentage of workers in each occupation residing within metro areas. For example, the share of all artists residing within metropolitan statistical areas (91 percent) is greater than the share of all civilian workers in metro areas (nearly 85 percent).

Table 15 exhibits counts of all civilian workers and artists in the labor force residing in 40 selected cities. Most of the cities included are the top cities in population and labor force. Exceptions include Austin, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which are not among the top 40 cities in population, but are, nonetheless, key arts cities.

City data show that 15 percent of all civilian workers reside in these 40 selected cities. But among artists, that share is 10 percentage points higher. At 50 percent, the share of actors living in these cities is notably high. Of the nearly 25,000 actors residing in these 40 cities, a large majority--83 percent--live in Los Angeles or New York City.

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Metro area and city tables
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EEO table reference EEO-All01r

U.S. Disability Table, 2008-2010

Table 16 is a U.S. summary table of civilian workers and artists with a disability. The American Community Survey defines disability as persons with serious difficulties hearing or seeing, or persons who, due to physical or mental conditions, have serious difficulties concentrating, making decisions, walking, or dressing or bathing.

Table 16 was culled from the Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation, 2008-2010 (3-year ACS data).