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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.

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.

Commerce Data Service: Using Weather Data to Protect Lives and Property

Editor's Note: The newly launched Commerce Data Service works with the 12 bureaus that make up the Commerce Department to identify opportunities to maximize their data to better serve the public. Among the Service's priorities is developing data visualizations that simply and effectively explain complex data sets. This will be the first in a series of blogs from the Commerce Data Service showcasing their work. Check out

Tornados, hail and other severe weather events cause billions of dollars of damage each year. The chance these events will occur and the severity of impact varies dramatically across the country. The impact of hail can range from having no discernible impact to causing millions of dollars of damage in a community.

Finding the Intersection of Business and Data

Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin hosts briefings arranged by Business Forward, an organization dedicated to improving collaborations between the business community and the government.One of the most important things government leaders can do is to take a short trip outside the headquarters building to see how customers are using your products.  This is especially important for the open data economy, where public information products are one of the few popular online services that don't require a log-in.  That means that it is often difficult, but not impossible, to know exactly how open government data is fueling businesses growth.

Commerce Selects First Ever Chief Data Scientist

Photo of Jeff ChenWith the launch of the Commerce Data Service (CDS), the U.S. Department of Commerce is taking big steps toward building a data-driven government. Today, we are excited to announce another major milestone in this effort – the Commerce Department hires its first-ever Chief Data Scientist, Jeffrey Chen.

Taking a Look at Veterans Across America

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Veterans as a Percentage of the Civilian Population 18 Years and OlderAs we celebrate those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day, many Americans may want to learn more about the veterans who live in and around their area. Last week the Census Bureau released a series of infographics detailing characteristics of veterans within each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Announcing the Commerce Data Service

Launching the Commerce Data Service.The Department of Commerce provides valuable services and data products that fuel the modern technology services Americans rely on every day.  These data sets include information on technological innovation from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, export data from the International Trade Administration, and information on natural phenomena from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  This is why we call the Department of Commerce "America's Data Agency." 

Industry in Focus: Finance and Insurance and More

This quarter, Industry in Focus is actually Industries in Focus. Beginning with this quarterly GDP by Industry release, we're delighted to introduce a new set of products—the Quarterly Underlying Detail Tables.  Previously, quarterly GDP by industry statistics were only available for 22 industries.  The new underlying detail tables provide the same data for 71 industries, allowing for even more in-depth analysis of economic trends.

Doing More with Data

Leaders from the nation's technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, ColoradoLeaders from the nation's technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, Colorado.  This meeting focused on three main themes: 1) organizing and disseminating troves of environmental data; 2) developing the expertise within government to maximize the value of all the data collected by federal agencies; and 3) ensuring our data and other cyber assets are protected from external threats.

Drilling into 'Fab' Metals

Recently, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) reported on fabricated metal product manufacturing as part of our series of manufacturing profiles examining what is made in America. Utilizing various fabrication processes, metals are manipulated to create intermediate or end products (excluding machinery, computers and electronics and metal furniture). Examples of fabrication (or "fab") include forging, stamping and welding metal. Shipments of fabricated metals totaled $345.1 billion, or 5.9 percent of all manufacturing shipments in 2013. The fabricated metals industry is the third largest employer (following transportation and food manufacturing) of all the manufacturing industries in the United States.


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