WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Expressing one's affection to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day. Sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine's Day. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced Valentine's Day cards in the 1840s. The custon continues today with even young children exchanging Valentine's Day cards with their fellow classmates.
1,364 Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced primarily chocolate and cocoa products in 2014, employing 42,043 people. California led the nation with 151 of these establishments, followed by New York with 119.
$16.0 billion The estimated value of chocolate and confectionary product shipments for manufacturing establishments in 2015. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures, Products and Service Codes (311351 and 311352)
$3.4 billion The value of U.S. imports of chocolate and confectionery in 2015. Canada was the top source of U.S. chocolate imports that year with $1.3 billion. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, NAICS code (31135) https://usatrade.census.gov/
$131 million The value of imports of bouquet cut flowers and buds in February 2016. Of that, the value of imports of fresh cut roses was $72 million—the highest category of flowers. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, (Commodity code-0603 and 060311) https://usatrade.census.gov/
19.1% Among people 15 and older who have been married, the percentage of men and women who have been married twice as of 2015. About 5.4 have married three or more times. By comparison, 75.5 percent of people who have ever been married have made only one trip down the aisle. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B12505
Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau'sFacts for Features series:
African-American History Month (February)
Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
Super Bowl (first Sunday in February)
Grandparents Day (1st Sunday after Labor Day)
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week (3rd week of September)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
Halloween (Oct. 31)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Older Americans Month (May)
Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May)
The Holiday Season (December)
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Father's Day (third Sunday in June)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines.
County Business Patterns (CBP) provides statistics for businesses with paid employees. For information about the self-employed, see the Census Bureau's Nonemployer Statistics page. Employment totals from CBP are for the pay period including March 12, 2014.