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U.S. Statistics: Government Web Sources

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  • Budget of the United States Government
    Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year.
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  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce)
    BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy. BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

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    • National Economic Accounts
      Gross Domestic Product (GDP); Personal Income and Outlays; Corporate Profits; Government Current Receipts and Expenditures…
    • International Economic Accounts
      Balance of Payments (International Transactions); Trade in Goods and Services; International Services; International Investment Position…
    • Regional Economic Accounts
      Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by State and Metropolitan Area; State & Local Area Personal Income…
    • BEARFACTS: Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Economic Accounts
      BEA Regional Facts consists of computer-generated narratives for states, counties, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and BEA Economic Areas. The narratives describe an area’s personal income using current estimates, growth rates, and a breakdown of the sources of personal income.
    • Industry Economic Accounts
      Annual Industry Accounts; Benchmark Input-Output Accounts…
    • U.S. Economy at a Glance
      Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The data on this page are drawn from featured BEA economic accounts.
    • Current Releases
    • Survey of Current Business
      Articles in the monthly Survey present the latest national, international, regional, and industry estimates; describe the methodologies used to prepare the estimates; provide information about major revisions; discuss on-going innovations; and generally keep users up to date on relevant BEA issues and initiatives.
    • Interactive Data Tables
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  • Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (U.S. Department of State)
    EEB’s mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. As the single point where international economic policy tools and threads converge, they help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. government.
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  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (Department of Justice)
    BJS Mission: To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
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  • Bureau of the Public Debt (Department of the Treasury)
    Their job is to borrow the money needed to operate the Federal Government and to account for the resulting debt. In a nutshell, they borrow by selling Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, as well as U.S. Savings Bonds; they pay interest to investors; and, when the time comes to pay back the loans, they redeem investors’ securities. Every time they borrow or pay back money, it affects the outstanding debt of the United States.
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  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
    BTS was created to administer data collection, analysis, and reporting and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.
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  • Business USA
    Official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services from federal, state and local agencies.
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  • County and City Data Book
    Local area supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States. A convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the counties and cities of the U.S. It is designed to serve as a statistical reference and guide to other data publications and sources. Includes a selection of data from many statistical publications and electronic sources, both government and private.
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  • Department of Commerce
    The DOC has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross cutting  responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis.
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  • Department of Labor
    The DOL fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.
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  • Department of State
    “Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.”–From the FY 2009 Agency Financial Report
  • Department of State: Background Notes/Country Fact Sheets
    The publications listed include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
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  • Department of the Treasury
    The Treasury Department is the executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the U.S. The Department is responsible for a wide range of activities such as advising the President on economic and financial issues, encouraging sustainable economic growth, and fostering improved governance in financial institutions. The Department of the Treasury operates and maintains systems that are critical to the nation’s financial infrastructure, such as the production of coin and currency, the disbursement of payments to the American public, revenue collection, and the borrowing of funds necessary to run the federal government. The Department works with other federal agencies, foreign governments, and international financial institutions to encourage global economic growth, raise standards of living, and to the extent possible, predict and prevent economic and financial crises. The Treasury Department also performs a critical and far-reaching role in enhancing national security by implementing economic sanctions against foreign threats to the U.S., identifying and targeting the financial support networks of national security threats, and improving the safeguards of our financial systems.
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  • 2007 Economic Census
    The Economic Census is conducted every five years and is a detailed representation of the U.S. economy, both on the national and state level. It includes statistics for retail & wholesale trade, service & construction industries, manufactures, mineral industries, transportation, communications, utilities, and financial, insurance and real estate industries.
    >>Maag Library’s Economic Census Guide
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  • Economic Development Administration (Department of Commerce)
    A mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.?
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  • Economic Report of the President
    An annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Report is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government.
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  • Economic Research Service (Department of Agriculture)
    The ERS mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.
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  • Energy Information Administration
    EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
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    Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
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  • FDsys: GPO’s Federal Digital System
    Provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.
  • FDsys: Economic Indicators
    Provides economic information (1995 forward) on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.
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  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    The FDIC is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by: insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection, and managing receiverships.
  • FDIC: Regional Economic Condition (RECON)
    Assists the FDIC in the examination process by providing economic information at the state, MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), and county levels. It is helpful in the analysis of risks facing financial institutions. You can drill down to any state, MSA, or county to view standard graphs, tables, and maps depicting economic conditions and how they have changed over time.
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  • Federal Trade Commission
    Mission: To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.
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    Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. Access to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
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    Gateway to a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal government.
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  • Government Printing Office
    Provides publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and the American public.
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  • GovSpot
    Non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online.
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  • Internal Revenue Service
    The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world’s most efficient tax administrators. The IRS mission is to help America’s taxpayers to understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.
  • IRS Tax Statistics
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  • International Trade Administration
    The ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.
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  • International Trade Commission
    The USITC is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights.
  • USITC: Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb
    Provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public full-time and free of charge: U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs, U.S. tariff preference information…
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  • The Library of Congress
    The Library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.
  • The Library of Congress: Country Studies
    The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
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    News and information on advanced manufacturing programs and related activities under way in federal agencies with science and technology missions.
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  • National Agricultural Statistics Service: Statistics by State  (Department of Agriculture)
    The NASS conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.
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  • Office of Government Ethics
    The OGE establishes standards of ethical conduct for the executive branch, ensures transparency in government through financial disclosure, educates executive branch employees, and promotes good governance.
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  • Office of Management and Budget (The White House)
    The core mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch.  OMB is the largest component of the Executive Office of the President.  It reports directly to the President and helps a wide range of executive departments and agencies across the Federal Government to implement the commitments and priorities of the President.
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    The U.S. government’s official website that provides easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
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  • Small Business Administration
    The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
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  • State & Metropolitan Area Data Book
    Information covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, communications, construction, cost of living, crime, deaths, education, elections, employment, energy, finance, government, health, households, housing, immigration, income, manufactures, marriages and divorces, media, natural resources, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, residence, retail sales, science and engineering, social services, tourism, transportation, and veterans.
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  • State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)
    Provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs: detailed demographic & economic characteristics of the population; the latest available unemployment rates; information on Jobs, Business Establishments, and Average Pay since the 1990s; data on violent and property crime rates collected by the FBI; information on local building permits; information on city and suburban government finances; 1990 and 2000 Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data.
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  • The Statistical Abstract: The National Data Book
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.
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  • Trade and Development Agency
    The USTDA mission is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while simultaneously helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs. In addition, USTDA supports U.S. policy objectives related to development and capacity building activities.
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    As the U.S. government’s official web portal, makes it easy to find U.S. government information and services on the web. also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.


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