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Industry Research Library Guide: Government

Government Sources of Industry Information

Economic Census
U.S. Census Bureau. Detailed portrait of U.S. economy every five years from national to local level.
   • Get Data in American FactFinder
   • Information by Industry
   • See Maag’s Economic Census Library Guide for more information.

Census Bureau
Data about the nation's people and economy.
   • Annual & Quarterly Services
      Data on service activity in the U.S.
   • Annual Capital Expenditures Survey
      Data on capital spending for new/used structures & equipment by U.S. nonfarm businesses with & without employees.
   • Annual Survey of Manufactures
      Data on the industries of manufacturing, mining and construction.
   • Business & Industry
   • Business Dynamics Statistics
      Annual data series describing establishment–level business dynamics including firm age and firm size.
   • Business Expenses Supplement
   • Commodity Flow Survey
      Data on the movement of goods in the U.S.
   • County Business Patterns / ZIP Code Business Patterns
      Data includes counts of establishments by employment size of the establishment. Excludes data on self-employed
      individuals, employees of private households, railroad employees, agricultural production employees & most
      government employees.
   • Current Industrial Reports
      Monthly, quarterly & annual measures of industrial activity - data on production and shipments of selected products.
   • Data by Sector:
      ◊ Economy-Wide
      ◊ Construction
      ◊ Governments
      ◊ Foreign Trade
      ◊ Manufacturing
      ◊ Retail Trade
      ◊ Services
      ◊ Wholesale Trade
      ◊ Other Business Sectors
   • Economic Indicators
   • E-Stats — Measuring the Electric Economy
   • Industry Statistics Portal
   • Information and Communication Technology Survey
      Data on both noncapitalized & capitalized spending for information & communication technology equipment & computer
      software by U.S. nonfarm businesses with employees.
   • International Statistical Agencies
   • Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics
      Produces new, cost effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers
      and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics Partnership.
   • Manufacturing & Trade Inventories & Sales
   • Monthly & Annual Retail Trade
      Data on retail economic activity in the U.S.
   • Monthly & Annual Wholesale Trade
      Data on wholesale economic activity in the U.S.
   • Nonemployer Statistics
      Annual series of information about businesses without paid employees that are subject to federal income tax.
   • Quarterly Financial Report: Manufacturing, Mining & Trade Corporations
      Quarterly aggregate statistics on the financial results and position of U.S. corporations.
   • Quarterly Workforce Indicators
      Set of economic indicators including employment, job creation, earnings and other measures of employment flows.
   • Statistics of U.S. Businesses
      Annual series providing national & subnational data on the distribution of economic data by enterprise size & industry.
   • Survey of Business Owners
      Information on selected economic & demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender,
      ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Provides a quantitative view of US domestic production, consumption and investment, of exports and imports and of national and domestic income and saving.
   • Industry Economic Accounts
   • U.S. Economy at a Glance
   • Survey of Current Business
      Monthly publication which reports business and& economic statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
   • Overview of BLS Statistics by Industry
   • Industries at a Glance
      Over 100 industry pages available: See Alphabetical Index or Industry Order Index.
   • Economy at a Glance
      National, regional, state & metropolitan area levels.
   • Consumer Expenditure Survey
      Measures spending habits of U.S. consumers & includes data on expenditures, income & demographic characteristics.
   • American Time Use Survey
      Measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities.
   • National Compensation Survey
      Occupational earnings for metropolitan & non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions & on a national basis.
   • Monthly Labor Review
      Monthly journal of fact, analysis, and research from BLS.
   • Occupational Outlook Handbook
      Profiles for hundreds of occupations describing What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay & more.
   • Career Outlook (formerly Occupational Outlook Quarterly)

Data.gov
Public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

Federal Communications Commission Statistical Reports
Includes Annual International Telecommunications Data, Trends in the International Telecommunications Industry, Media Reports on the Cable Industry, etc.

FEDSTATS
Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.

International Trade Administration: Data & Analysis
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.
   • Trade Statistics
   • State Export Data
   • Metropolitan Area Export Data
   • TradeStats Express

U.S. International Trade Commission: Industry & Economic Analysis
Mission is to (1) administer U.S. trade remedy laws within its mandate in a fair and objective manner; (2) provide the President, USTR, and Congress with independent analysis, information, and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness; and (3) maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).