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June 2016

Preparing for Hurricane Season with Census Data

Graphic of the U.S. Census Bureau's OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool.Today marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. These storms are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena, and they have the potential to affect a large portion of U.S. residents. The 185 coastline counties along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico – areas that are most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes – have a combined population of 59.2 million.

U.S. Department of Commerce Releases New Report On Digital Matching Firms

Report provides first-ever government definition of "digital matching firms" and initial assessment of growing sector's size and scope

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Commerce released a report titled: "Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the 'Sharing Economy' Space." The report provides the first-ever government definition of "digital matching firms," which are companies that use Internet and smartphone-enabled apps to match service providers with consumers, help ensure trust and quality assurance via peer-rating services, and rely on flexible service providers who, when necessary, use their own assets. The report provides an initial assessment of the sector's size and scope based on publicly available data of the largest firms in the industry. It also examines the potential effect of what is commonly known as the "sharing economy" on consumers and service providers.

U.S. Commerce Department Releases New Report on Foreign Direct Investment Trends

Investment in the United States remains strong, total FDI in the United States growing at an average of six percent per year

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a new report that highlights the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the U.S. economy. The Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Update to 2013 Report examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The report notes that foreign direct investment trends identified in earlier reports have continued to 2015.

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