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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.

Evaluating the American Community Survey: The ACS Content Review

Every month of every year, and in every county across the nation, a relatively small number of households receive notice that they have been randomly selected to receive the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

BEA Listens to Customers’ Ideas on How to Unleash Data

As one of the federal government's premier producers of economic statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis is all about data all of the time. So we were thrilled to take part in the inaugural Open Data Roundtable at the White House Conference Center on June 18th and hear from businesses and other vital customers about how we can make our data easier to find, use and understand.

A Big Day for Big Data: The Beginning of Our Data Transformation

OpenData 500Wednesday, June 18, 2014, was a big day for big data.  The Commerce Department participated in the inaugural Open Data Roundtable at the White House, with GovLab at NYU and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Better Data for Better Decisions

BEA LogoThe Commerce Department's "Open for Business Agenda" vows to make government data better, more useful and more powerful. Specifically, we pledge to "improve government, business, and community decisions and knowledge by transforming Department data capabilities and supporting a data-enabled economy."  We are making some great progress towards those goals.

Assess Costs Everywhere – Now Even Better!

ACE LogoWhere to locate your business or a new facility for your business is a complicated decision. Many variables are involved, and if you are considering a location outside of the U.S., there are many factors that may not be obvious. At Commerce, we have been focused on making this decision and all of its moving parts easier to digest, and a major part of that is Commerce's ACE Tool.

Manufacturing: A New Commerce Department Report Shows Renewed Expansion

The U.S. manufacturing sector is rebounding at a rate unseen since the late 1990s.  For the first time in more than a decade, output and employment are steadily and simultaneously increasing. A new Commerce Department report, Manufacturing Since the Great Recession,provides an overview of the resurgence of this important economic sector, examining production, international trade and the labor market.

Some of the key findings included in the report are:

Investing in Data, Investing in America

The Department of Commerce's mantra is that America is "Open for Business."  As President Obama highlighted at Tuesday's Investing in America roundtable, this has never been more true.  Today, U.S. and foreign businesses appreciate the competitive advantages that come from locating operations here. The U.S.

Coming Soon: New Statistics Will Provide More Timely Snapshot of How Industries are Performing

Coming Soon: Real Personal Income Statistics for States and Metropolitan Areas

The Bureau of Economic Analysis will soon release real personal income statistics using regional price indexes to adjust BEA’s personal income data for differences in the cost of living across states and metro areas. These new statistics will inform decisions by businesses and households alike – from deciding where to move for a new job or locating a new company to helping economic development offices shape regional marketing plans and comparing economic performances across regions.

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