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Economics 4880 Library Guide: U.S. STATISTICS WEB


American FactFinder: Access to data about the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. Data come from several censuses and surveys.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government: Designed to inform students, parents and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.

Business USA: Connects small businesses information and services from federal, state and local agencies.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: Finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Official source for federal legislative information.

Data USA: US Government data: Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA. Provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. Allows users to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions. Find, download, and use datasets generated and held by the Federal Government. Provides descriptions of Federal datasets (metadata), information on how to access the datasets & tools that leverage government datasets.

FDsys: GPO’s Federal Digital System: Provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.

FEDSTATS: Access to official statistical information produced by the Federal Government from more than 100 agencies. Gateway to a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal government.

govinfo: GPO's beta website that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website.

GovSpot: Non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online.

GPO: Government Publishing Office

MetaLib: Federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.

National Archives Open Public Access: Provides access to nearly one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), not available elsewhere online. U.S. government’s official web portal.


Statistical Programs of the United States Government


Bureau of Economic Analysis (Department of Commerce)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (Department of Justice)

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor)

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (Department of Transportation)

Census Bureau (Department of Commerce)

Economic Research Service (Department of Agriculture)

Economics & Statistics Administration (Department of Commerce)

Education Finance Statistics Center (Institute of Education Sciences)

Energy Information Administration (Department of Energy)

National Agricultural Statistics Service (Department of Agriculture)

National Center for Education Statistics (Institute of Education Sciences)

National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

National Center for Science & Engineering Statistics (National Science Foundation)

National Center for Veterans Analysis & Statistics (Department of Veterans Affairs)

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (Office of Justice Programs → Department of Justice)

Office of Research, Evaluation & Statistics (Social Security Administration)

Tax Statistics (Statistics of Income) (Internal Revenue Service)

U.S. Statistics Sources on the Web

Advanced Manufacturing Portal

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the U.S., provides the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system.

            • Data Download Program
            • Data Releases
            • Financial Accounts Guide
            • The Beige Book
            • Fed in Print: A Comprehensive Index to Federal Reserve Research
            • Federal Reserve Bulletin
            • Working Papers

Budget of the United States Government
Issued by Office of Management & Budget. Budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals, and other budgetary publications.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Produces economic accounts statistics that help to follow and understand the Nation’s economy. Collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

            • National Economic Accounts
               GDP; Personal Income & Outlays; Consumer Spending; Corporate Profits...
            • International Economic Accounts
               Balance of Payments; Trade in Goods & Services; International Services...
            • Regional Economic Accounts
               GDP by State & Metropolitan Area; State & Local Area Personal Income...
            • Industry Economic Accounts
               Annual Industry Accounts (GDP by Industry & Input-Output Accounts)...
            • U.S. Economy at a Glance
            • Interactive Data
            • Current Releases
            • Survey of Current Business

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (U.S. Department of State)
EB’s mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. They help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. Government.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. 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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)
Fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the field of labor economics and statistics. Collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.

            • Economy at a Glance
            • Industries at a Glance
            • BLS Statistics on Inflation & Prices
               Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index; Import & Export Prices;
               Employment Cost Trends; Contract Escalation...
            • BLS Statistics on Spending & Time Use
               Consumer Expenditure Survey; American Time Use Survey
            • BLS Statistics on Unemployment
               National, State/Local & International Unemployment Rates; Mass Layoff
               Statistics; Unemployment Research...
            • BLS Statistics on Employment
               National, State/Local & State/County Employment; Employment & Worker
               Characteristics; Employment Projections; Business Employment Dynamics...
            • BLS Statistics on Pay & Benefits
               Employment Cost Trends; National Compensation Data; Wages by Area &
               Occupation; Earnings by Demographics; Earnings by Industry...
            • BLS Productivity Statistics
               Labor Productivity; Multifactor Productivity; International Comparisons...
            • Economic News Releases
            • Monthly Labor Review
            • Occupational Outlook Handbook
            • Career Outlook (formerly Occupational Outlook Quarterly)

Bureau of the Fiscal Service (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
New Bureau of the Treasury Department formed from the consolidation of the Financial Management Service and the Bureau of the Public Debt. The mission is to promote the financial integrity and operational efficiency of the U.S. government through exceptional accounting, financing, collections, payments, and shared services.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (U.S. Department of Transportation)
BTS was created to administer data collection, analysis, and reporting and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.

Census Bureau (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Serves as the leading source of data about the nation’s people and economy.

            • American FactFinder
            • People & Households
            • Population Finder
            • American Community Survey           
            • Easy Stats
            • State & County Quick Facts         
            • Sustainable Communities HotReport
            • County Business Patterns         
            • Economic Census
            • Economic Indicators (Continue to the Briefing Room)
            • Nonemployer Statistics
            • Business Dynamics Statistics
            • Statistics of U.S. Businesses
            • Survey of Business Owners
            • Censtats Databases
            • North American Industrial Classification System
            • North American Product Classification System

Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Provides the Congress with: Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget AND the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.

            • Budget & Economic Outlook and Updates
            • Long-Term Budget Outlook

Constitution of the United States

Department of Commerce
Mandate is to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. Responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis.

Department of Labor
Fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the U.S. by improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, protecting retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

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.”
Department of State: U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (Country Background Notes)

Department of the Treasury
Executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the U.S. 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.

Economic Development Administration (Department of Commerce)
Mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Economic Report of the President
Annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors that overviews the nation’s economic progress.

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.

Economics & Statistics Administration (Department of Commerce)
Produces, analyzes and disseminates national economic and demographic data.

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.
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.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
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.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

            • FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
               Database of economic time series.
            • GeoFRED: Geographic Federal Reserve Economic Data
            • ALFRED: Archival Federal Reserve Economic Data
               Retrieve versions of data that were available on specific dates in history.
            • FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research 
                    Historical economic statistical publications, releases & documents.
            • CASSIDI
               Banking structure analysis website.

The Federal Reserve Board: The Twelve Federal Reserve Districts

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.

Government Publishing Office
Provides publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and the American public.

Internal Revenue Service
Bureau of the Department of the Treasury. 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

International Trade Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Strengthens competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. Works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.

International Trade Commission
Broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. Investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. Adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights.
USITC: Interactive Tariff & Trade DataWeb
Provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public: U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs, U.S. tariff preference information…

The Library of Congress
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.

            • Country Studies
            • Working Papers & Technical Reports in Business, Economics and Law

Minority Business Development Agency (Department of Commerce)
Helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of large, medium and small businesses owned and operated by members of the minority and Diaspora communities.

National Agricultural Statistics Service: Statistics by State  (Department of Agriculture)

National Center for Education Statistics (Department of Education)

National Center for Health Statistics (Center for Disease Control)

National Technical Information Service (Department of Commerce)
Central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information.

Office of Government Ethics
Establishes standards of ethical conduct for the executive branch, ensures transparency in government through financial disclosure, educates executive branch employees, and promotes good governance.

Office of Management and Budget (The White House)
Mission is to serve the President in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch.

Patent & Trademark Office
Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.
The site, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, displays information about the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board's activities, as well as data related to the $840 billion stimulus bill and information about the distribution and spending of Hurricane Sandy funds.

Securities and Exchange Commission
The mission of the SEC is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Small Business Administration
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.

State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)
Data for Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs: demographic & economic characteristics of the population; 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.

Trade & Development Agency
Mission is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs.

U.S. Commercial Service: Market Research Library

The White House