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50 Years Later, Commerce Works to Keep Fighting Poverty

Poverty: The History of a Measure

"This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America…It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won." – President Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union, January 8, 1964."

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on the Economic Data Releases

Every month the Department of Commerce’s statistical agencies -- the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) --release approximately one dozen principal federal economic indicators (PFEIs) through their parent organization, the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). So, exactly what impact did the 16-day government shutdown in October have on those critical data releases?

Spotlight on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 marks the first anniversary of #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

Understanding the Trend in Multi-Family Housing Growth During the Recovery

As the housing market continues to recover from the recession, it is interesting to look at how the makeup of the market has changed. As we can see from the following chart, multi-family housing starts have returned to more than 70 percent of their pre-recession peak, while single-family housing starts have only recovered a small amount from their recession low. Moreover, multi-family housing has grown in most major metropolitan areas over the last few years, not just a few large cities.

Let's Talk Turkey: U.S. Turkey Production and International Trade

This year is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Today we are presenting some data tidbits on U.S. production and international trade in turkeys and turkey products – the main course of many Thanksgiving celebrations. (The wild turkey would also have been our national symbol if Benjamin Franklin had had his way).

Expanding Broadband Access to Businesses Nationwide

Just as more Americans are finding broadband essential to life at work and home, most businesses also need high-speed Internet service to remain competitive. The nation has made good headway in efforts to expand broadband access to work places, according to a new report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA).

Spotlight on Exporting Businesses Owned by Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013, is Veterans Day. This national holiday was originally established as “Armistice Day” to honor American veterans of World War I and their fallen comrades. In 1954, Congress renamed the holiday“Veterans Day” to honor all the women and men who have served in the armed forces.

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

The United States has been the world’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) since 2006. Every day, foreign companies establish new operations in the United States or provide additional capital to established businesses. With the world’s largest consumer market, skilled and productive workers, a highly innovative environment, appropriate legal protections, a predictable regulatory environment, and a growing energy sector, the United States offers an attractive investment climate for firms across the globe.

Horror Films and their Classification as Capital Investment

It’s that time of year of again, time to dress up in your favorite costume, send the kids out to trick-or-treat, and of course, indulge in movies that chill us to the bone. According to Rentrak , three of the top ten DVD & Blu-Ray sales, featured monsters, zombies, or witches for the week ending October 13th. Some of us head to the theater to see the latest scary blockbuster. Others curl up on the couch with a favorite creepy new release or scary classic featuring monsters from Frankenstein to Freddy Krueger.

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