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July 2013

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on International Trade in Goods and Services in May 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued the following statement today on the release of the May 2013 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (PDF) data. Both total services and automotive exports hit record levels in May, although overall U.S. exports of goods and services dropped slightly to $187.1 billion, from $187.6 billion in April. Total services exports were led by increases in travel, passenger fares, and other private services.

Dr. Sue Helper Named U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Dr. Susan Helper will serve as the department’s new Chief Economist, a post within Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration. For the past year, Dr. Helper served as Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

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