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The Commerce Department launches the first ever Commerce Data Service. Built in the spirit of America's entrepreneurial technology ventures, the Commerce Data Service is a start-up within government, that consists of diverse team of top-notch designers, developers, software engineers and data scientists. Read more on our blog...

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Manufacturing Pays

Historically, manufacturing jobs have offered relatively high pay. However, there is not a consensus on the size of the pay premium for manufacturing jobs relative to the economy as a whole or even whether a premium continues to exist. This report turns to evidence to answer those questions, using ten federal datasets, each of which allows us to calculate and compare the average pay of manufacturing workers and the average pay of workers overall.

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New Research Will Help U.S. Businesses Assess Costs Everywhere

Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) has been recently revised with more modern, up-to-date information.

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Exploring Better Veterans Data

This week we convened a meeting with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), led by Dat Tran, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data Governance and Analysis, and representatives from leading Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).

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Taking the High Road

There is a wealth of evidence that manufacturing jobs are good jobs. But not all manufacturing jobs are created equal. Published data highlight the considerable variation in pay and productivity across manufacturing industries.

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Report: Value of the American Community Survey

"The American Community Survey is a national treasure, producing a wealth of data our country relies on to make important decisions." - Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Mark Doms

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The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) has been appointed by Secretary Pritzker to assist the Department of Commerce in revolutionizing their data assets, to empower our data users to become more informed, create a data ecosystem around our data products, and ultimately to foster innovation, create jobs, and drive better decision making. Find out more about the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

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Economic Indicators

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.

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American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

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GDP Growth Rate Revised Up

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was revised up 0.6 percentage point from the "advance" estimate released in October. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 3.9 percent.

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for Thanksgiving Day

Preparing for Turkey Day: Number of Establishments to Purchase Thanksgiving Meal ItemsIn the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation's first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

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BEA's New and Existing Statistics Offer Economic Intel for Entrepreneurs and Business Community

Bureau of Economic Analysis LogoWhat are consumer spending patterns in California compared to New York? Which states are attracting new foreign investment? How are different industries in each state performing on a quarterly basis? Those are just a few examples of the kinds of new statistics that the Bureau of Economic Analysis is producing to give entrepreneurs even more economic intelligence as they chart strategies on marketing, investing and hiring.


What is Made In America?

Made In America Industry Collage

Eighth in a Series of Manufacturing Profiles: What is Made in America? These profiles are a follow-up to the ESA report "What is Made in America?" which estimates the dollar value and domestic-production percentage of what America produces.

Made In America: Fabricated Metal Products

In 2013, shipments from the U.S. manufacturing sector totaled $5.8 trillion. So, what do we make in the United States? This eighth profile in a series by the U.S. Commerce Department's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) in the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) examines fabricated metal product manufacturing. Previous profiles explored machinery; food, beverages and tobacco products; transportation equipment (excluding motor vehicles); chemicals; apparel, leather, and allied products; petroleum and coal products; and computer and electronic products.

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. 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.

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The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary's principal adviser on economic matters and serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals, monitors and interprets current economic developments; as well as analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior officials throughout the Administration.

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The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

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