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How U.S. Companies Use and Adapt the Apprenticeship Model to Create an Innovative Workforce

Impact of Spending on Traffic Congestion

We schedule our day around it. We design our cities around it. We give so much of our lives to it. To many Americans, traffic is all of the above and more. We hate traffic even as it seems to grow worse every passing year.

But how do we fare compared to Americans across the nation? Is my commute the worst in the nation? Is it getting better or worse? Where is the government improving it? These are all complicated questions that can be answered with freely public data.

Made in the USA and Measured by the Census Bureau

For more than 200 years — since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in America — the U.S. Census Bureau has described the state of America’s manufacturing. It all began as part of the 1810 Census, when U.S. Marshals collecting the population data also asked the first questions on manufacturing establishments. U.S. manufacturing has changed since then, when the landscape was dotted with textile mills.

Report Outlines Potential Improvements in Measuring Value of Data Flows

The Internet has extraordinary power to shrink the world -- to allow people separated by thousands of miles to more easily interact, learn from one another, and trade goods and services. These interactions are possible because of the incredible amounts of data that flows seamlessly across borders.

High-Value Data Sets Across Commerce Bureaus

We need broader input to curate a real list of valuable and usable data, both from government experts and others outside the government.

  • Which other data sets – including outside the Department of Commerce – should we and the public be focused upon?
  • How are others using this data?
  • What could these data sets be used for?

Examining the Government-Constituent Relationship. With data. And trees.

Image of a HurricaneIn 2012, Hurricane Sandy inflicted tens of billions of dollars in losses, destroying or damaging thousands of homes and vehicles and bringing the Northeast US to a grinding halt. A lesser cited impact was the storm’s toll on the city’s urban forestry. Sandy knocked down or seriously damaged over 20,000 street trees in New York City (NYC) alone.

What’s New for the 2016 Annual GDP Update?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis updates GDP figures and their major components every summer, sweeping in more comprehensive data that weren’t available for earlier estimates. The 2016 annual update, coming July 29, also will feature some of BEA’s efforts to continuously improve its measurement of the U.S. economy.

Exploring the Landscape of American Innovation

Throughout our country’s history, innovators have used the patent system to protect their ideas. From Samuel Hopkin's improved process in making potash, an ingredient in fertilizer in 1790, to the patents of the present day, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has evaluated and safeguarded innovation around the world.

ACE Tool: New Data Aids US Business Investment Decisions

Assess Costs Everywhere LogoThe Department of Commerce's Assess Costs Everywhere tool (ACE) highlights the hidden costs and risks that manufacturers need to consider when deciding where to locate their operations or supply chains in the United States.  Since launching ACE in April 2013, the Department's Office of the Chief Economist has periodically updated the data and research underlying its analysis of 10 costs and risks.  This week, coinciding with the third SelectUSA Investment Summit, we are announcing a new set of updates to the tool.

Deep Dive into Hispanic Business Ownership

Female business ownership booms

The number of U.S. businesses grew 2 percent between 2007 and 2012 as the country weathered the financial crisis and entered the first three years of economic recovery. Yet, while overall business growth over this period was muted, growth in the number of minority-owned firms boomed. According to data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners, the number of minority-owned firms jumped by 38 percent to 8 million.

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