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BEA’s New Statistical Product Enriches Understanding of Consumer Behavior at the State Level

On August 7th, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will premiere a new report on consumer spending, "Personal Consumption Expenditures by State." This represents a major advancement in the level of information available on consumer spending behaviors at the sub-national level. Why is it important? Because consumer spending is a major driver of the U.S. economy's overall health.

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.

Using Data to Connect Workers & Employers at Career Building Data Jam

Left to right are Adam Zukerman from Fosterly and Jason Lewis from An Estuary.On Friday, I was part of the team from the Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Office of the Vice President, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) who joined up with Baltimore's Morgan State University (MSU) to "data jam" on how to get America's youth connected to j

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."

Help Census Bureau Innovate Its Data Products and Services!

At the 2014 ESRI User's Conference, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Mark Doms will moderate a session featuring panelists from the private sector and federal government that use the American Community Survey (ACS) to make strategic decisions.  The session will provide multiple perspectives on the many uses of ACS data – everything from emergency response to determining new business investments – and also provide the opportunity for panelists to vote on ACS topics they consider most valuable to their industries.

New Commerce Department report explores huge benefits, low cost of government data

Open Data Takes Center Stage at ESRI User Conference Next Week

Next week over 16,000 business leaders and data visionaries from around the world will convene for the 2014 Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Users Conference in San Diego.  Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathy Sullivan, and Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Dr. Mark Doms will join representatives from Census and NOAA to highlight the work of the Commerce Department over the last year and to share their vision for the Commerce Department's data transformation in the coming year.

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.

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