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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Accessing Census Bureau Statistics

If you are thinking of starting a new business, one of the first things you need is information to understand market conditions. Entrepreneurs rely on American Community Survey and Economic Census data to understand local markets, the local workforce, commuting patterns and economic activity in prospective new locations to make investment decisions that create jobs and grow the economy.

Commerce Data: Then & Now

ED NOTE: Today is World Statistics Day

Last month, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that our department will be hiring our first ever Chief Data Officer (CDO), building on her commitment to Commerce’s role as “America’s Data Agency.” She also announced the formation of a data advisory council comprising private sector leaders who will help the CDO navigate new and dynamic data challenges. This is the latest chapter in Commerce’s long history of adapting to serve the needs of an ever-changing American economy.

Advocating the Transformative Power of Commerce Data at NYC STRATA + Hadoop World Conference

New York City - Under Secretary Mark Doms participated in a high level data discussion this morning at the Strata+Hadoop World Conference in New York City. Before an audience of 500 leading technologists and data programmers, Under Secretary Doms talked with host Jennifer van der Meer, Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and CEO of Reason Street, to explore the Department of Commerce's strategic data plan and Doms' efforts to move the federal statistical system into the era of big data.

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America

Cross blog post by John Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau Director

​The year 2020 may seem a long way away, but we’re already in full swing preparing for the next decennial census. On Monday, October 6th, we held an operations update to announce some of the steps we’re taking to ensure that the 2020 Census provides the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s increasingly changing population, such as how we measure race and ethnicity.

Data is the Key to the Factory of the Future

New tool shows manufacturing in America carries huge potential savings; a reshoring success “toy story”

This week, as we celebrate the country’s vital manufacturing sector, we are excited to unveil a new tool that will allow manufacturers to calculate potentially significant savings that can be realized by manufacturing in America.

The Value of Government Weather and Climate Data

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collects weather and climate data. As we noted in a recent Commerce Department report on the Value of Government Data, the return to society on investment in government meteorological data is large.

Who is Buying American? Considering U.S. Exports

U.S. goods exports reached over 200 countries in 2013. Some buy more, others buy less, but all buy from America. At first blush, our export markets appear fairly concentrated, geographically speaking (see Figure 1 below). For example, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and Germany—our top 5 export markets measured by the value of exports in 2013—collectively captured almost half of the $1.6 trillion in U.S. goods exports, and the top 20 goods export markets as of 2013, captured 78 percent of U.S. export value.

Panelists, Audience Provide Feedback on the Value of Census Data at ESRI Conference

As I mentioned in my most recent blog post, last week I moderated a panel session at ESRI’s International Users Conference in San Diego, California, titled, "Calling All Business, Government and Community Decision Makers -- Help the Census Bureau Innovate Its Data Products and Services."

The American Community Survey: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Dr. Doms (right) and Census Director John Thompson at ACS Data Users Conference"Better Data for Better Decisions" is my mantra as I crisscross the country talking to people about making the data we collect easier to find, understand and use.

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