New Jersey Census Bureau Chief to
Speak at MCCC March 24


West Windsor, N.J. -- Leonard Preston, chief of labor market information for the New Jersey State Data Center (NJSDC), will provide an overview of the history and importance of the U.S. Census in his talk, "Countdown to the 2010 U.S. Census," on Wednesday, March 24 at Mercer County Community College. Preston's presentation takes place at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM 109, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Free and open to the public, his talk is part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series for the Spring 2010 semester.

In time for Census Day on April 1, Preston will examine the differences between the 2010 Census and the one completed in 2000 and discuss the overall preparation process. As the lead contact for New Jersey census information since 2004, Preston maintains the Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Labor Market Information website, which in addition to census data, includes the latest information on industry and occupational employment and projections, wages, unemployment, income and poverty, and other data and publications related to the New Jersey economy. The NJSDC disseminates census data to businesses, government, researchers, schools, and the general public and maintains a network of 110 state agencies, county and regional planning agencies, and federal depository libraries throughout the state.

Prior to his current position, Preston worked on several key Bureau of Labor Statistics programs at the N.J. Department of Labor, including the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Industry Projections program and the Occupational Employment Statistics survey. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA from Rutgers University.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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