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December 2009

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Statement on October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – On the eve of his trip to Copenhagen, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement on the release of the October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports increased by 2.6 percent to $136.8 billion since September 2009. Imports to the U.S. increased 0.4 percent to $169.8 billion. The trade deficit shrank 7.6 percent to $32.9 billion from a revised $35.7 in September.

United Nations Statistics Division Integration Meeting

Washington, DC (December 7, 2009) - Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs Rebecca Blank (pictured on the right) addressed the United Nations working group that is preparing guidelines on integration of national economic accounts. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Director Steve Landefeld (pictured left) hosted the group from December 7-9.

Under Secretary Blank to Help Census Bureau Kick Off Chicago 2010 Census In Schools Program

Chicago (December, 10)—U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary Rebecca Blank, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, several former NFL players and students from King College Preparatory High School help U.S. Census Bureau officials launch the national 2010 Census in Schools program in Chicago. The program, "2010 Census: It's About Us," gives schools a wide range of free, optional, standards-based lesson plans on subjects related to the census, ranging from math to social studies.

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