Economics

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New! This interactive application provides access to data from Census 2010, Census 2000, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, the latest Population Estimates, and more. It includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. This resource replaces the legacy version of American FactFinder.

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"Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year." from web site

Budget documents from 1997 and forward are available from this site.

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BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. Although it is a relatively small agency, BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

The GDP was recognized by the Department of Commerce as its greatest achievement of the 20th century and has been ranked as one of the three most influential measures that affect U.S. financial markets. Since the NIPAs were first developed in the aftermath of the Great Depression, BEA has developed and extended its estimates to cover a wide range of economic activities.

Today, BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy." from web page

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"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics." from web site

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Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, content also includes financial data, books, monographs, conference proceedings, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.

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A starting point for extensive online statistics on population, housing, income, economy, minorities, and more topics.

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The Census Bureau's Subjects A-Z is a starting point for locating data collected by the Federal government. Use USA.gov or another search engine to locate up-to-date information or to find resources not listed here.

This resource replaces FedStats.gov, which was last updated in 2007.

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The U.S. Census Bureau compiles economic indicators that include the following:

  • Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories
  • Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Construction Spending
  • New Home Sales
  • Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Housing Starts/Building Permits
  • Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
  • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining and Trade
  • Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

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PDFs of a significant portion of the Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000) are available from this resource. Click on the year, then navigate to the appropriate section. If you find that there are pages missing for the section you need, please contact the Government Documents Librarian. We may have them in print, or we can request them from another library.

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"Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at every stage of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including policy makers, program providers, foundations, and the media. Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice. Its work is supported by government, foundation, and private sector funders." from web site

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"The Demography HomePage is part of an initiative to identify, document, and provide simple access to demographic information concerning The United States of America. This part describes CIESIN's data holdings and related information." - from website

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"CBO's mandate is to provide the Congress with:

  • Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and
  • The information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process." from web site

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The Energy Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides energy briefs for many countries in the world. These articles include background, energy consumption by type, energy production, trade data related to energy, and an overview of energy, the environment, and the oil and gas industry for the country.

Select a country, then click on "Full Report."

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"County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning."

"This series has been published annually since 1964 and at irregular intervals dating back to 1946. The comparability of data over time may be affected by definitional changes in establishments, activity status, and industrial classifications." from web site

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"The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas.

Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire." from web site

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This resource is a central data portal for the United Kingdom.

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"This page is meant to be a comprehensive site of free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting. This site (set of web pages) was started in 1996 to help students in an Applied Forecasting class. The idea was to give students easy access to large amounts of data, and to be able to quickly get charts of that data. This is also useful during class, so that when we use the computer and overhead projector facility in class, we can quickly retrieve series and do manipulations in class." - from web site

Free subscriptions are available to instructors.

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"Welcome to FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data), a database of 20,030 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series." from web site

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"Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance." from web site

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The National Bureau of Economic Research provides daily notification for economic indicator releases.

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides official energy statistics from the U.S. government, including market updates, forecasts, and state and international country profiles.

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Eurostat, the statistical data center for the European Commission, provides detailed statistics on countries in the European Union and candidate countries.

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"The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research is a project by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to expand on its mission to provide economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy. On this web site you will find links to scanned images (in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format) of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents." from web site

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ICPSR maintains and provides access to an archive of social science data in electronic format. Its holdings include data sets relevant to the study of political science, sociology, demography, history, economics, international relations, gerontology, public health, criminal justice, education and many other fields.

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Data and analysis from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics includes immigration enforcement actions, estimates of unauthorized immigrant population, nonimmigrant admissions to the United States, and data about refugees and asylees. Also includes the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.

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The Index of Economic Freedom measures and ranks 161 countries across 10 specific freedoms measures like tax rates and property rights. View scores and rankings for any country, along with detailed data and background analysis.

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From the U.S. International Trade Commission:

"The USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public full-time and free of charge.

U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs and U.S. tariff preference information are available on a self-service, interactive basis. The USITC DataWeb responds to user-defined queries integrating international trade statistics with complex tariff and customs treatment, and allows both expert and non-expert users to create and save customized country and product lists for future re-use from anywhere in the world.

International trade data are available for years 1989- present on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Pre-defined reports on international trade statistics are also available by geographic region and partner country. Current U.S. tariffs, which are maintained and published by the USITC as a statutory responsibility, can be accessed via the USITC DataWeb, and retrieved with relevant international trade data." from web site

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Directory to official statistical offices for countries around the world.

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"During the first several decades of its existence, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) assembled an extensive data set that covers all aspects of the pre-WWI and interwar economies, including production, construction, employment, money, prices, asset market transactions, foreign trade, and government activity. Many series are highly disaggregated, and many exist at the monthly or quarterly frequency. The data set has some coverage of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, although it predominantly covers the United States." from web site

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"The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. NODIS is a depository for U.S. Census information, which is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). NODIS provides data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance, programming and training.

"NODIS is your online connection to demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles. The majority of data, maps and reports are based on geographies in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties). NODIS also makes available data for other areas in Ohio and the US as well. The information contained in this website originates from a number of sources, including the Bureau of the Census and the Ohio Department of Development." - from web site

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OECD iLibrary is OECD's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. OECD iLibrary users are able to conduct searches, retrieve listings of publications meeting the search criteria, and choose to download selected titles in various formats, or selected statistical data in spreadsheet format. Access is available for titles published from January 1998 onwards.

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"OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's Budget and with Administration policies.

In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public." from web site

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"Your source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers." from web site

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Population projections for the United States as well as for all of the states from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Projections are estimates of the population for future dates. They illustrate plausible courses of future population change based on assumptions about future births, deaths, net international migration, and domestic migration. Projected numbers are typically based on an estimated population consistent with the most recent decennial census as enumerated, projected forward using a variant of the cohort-component method." from web site

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"The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA’s Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context." from web site

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STAT-USA closed down in September 2010, but the many useful links have been captured in a LibGuide from the University of Central Florida Libraries.

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"Welcome to State Energy Profiles – EIA’s new gateway to all of EIA’s State energy data, plus individual State Profiles that present key facts and statistics about State energy markets and industries. Many of the statistics in the Profiles will be updated simultaneously with data updates on the EIA web site. More extensive updates to the Profiles will take place periodically.

Current Features of the State Energy Profiles

  • Energy Maps display State energy infrastructure and renewable energy potential.
  • Quick Facts provide the most important State energy information.
  • Written Overviews explain how fossil fuels, renewables, and alternative energy sources affect each State’s energy markets.
  • Data Tables provide the most current State-level statistics from EIA surveys.
  • Associated Links take users to specific web pages on which EIA’s detailed data and time series can be found.
  • State Data Directory Pages provide comprehensive lists by subject of EIA’s State-level information plus direct links to the information." from web site

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"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations." from the web site

The latest edition is available on the Web and in print at the Bierce Reference Desk. Some earlier editions are available on the Web, and most earlier editions are available in print in the Government Documents area.

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TradeStats Express (TSE) has data for national imports and exports, and state exports.

TSE has annual and quarterly data for commodity codes of 2 and 4 digits, and data for trade groups and geographic regions. This is a summarized version of USA Trade Online.

Help page for TSE.

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"The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point (http://data.un.org/). Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system." from web site

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Directory of sources for economics data on the Internet.

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WDI Online is the premiere data source on the global economy. It contains statistical data for over 600 development indicators and time series data for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. Results can be scaled, indexed against a particular year, viewed by percentage change, and charted.

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"The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year, as documentation for meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and forms the main instrument of the IMF's global surveillance activities." - from web site

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"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."from Web site

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