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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Statement on October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – On the eve of his trip to Copenhagen, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement on the release of the October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports increased by 2.6 percent to $136.8 billion since September 2009. Imports to the U.S. increased 0.4 percent to $169.8 billion. The trade deficit shrank 7.6 percent to $32.9 billion from a revised $35.7 in September.

Statement from Under Secretary Rebecca Blank on the Second Estimate of Gross Domestic Product in the Third Quarter 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released the second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2009. Real GDP rose 2.8 percent at an annual rate, down moderately from the advance estimate of 3.5 percent. Most private analysts had expected a revision to 2.7 percent in the third quarter.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Statement on 3rd Quarter GDP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on GDP in the third quarter.

Real GDP increased 3.5 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter, after declining in five of the preceding six quarters. The gain marked the largest quarterly advance since the third quarter of 2007. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement in response to the news.

Under Secretary Blank Briefs U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; Represents Department of Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC (October 19) - The Obama Administration held the second Full Council meeting of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness on Thursday, October 19. It was the first meeting chaired by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was elected chair by his fellow Cabinet Members and agency heads at the Council's first meeting on June 18, 2009.

Measuring America’s Wellbeing

Washington, DC (October 7) – Dr. Rebecca Blank ,Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, is pictured with Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Social Impact and AARP Board member, Lee Hammond. Dr. Blank was the keynote luncheon speaker for the AARP Annual Bill Anderson Lecture Series. She spoke about the 2010 decennial census and poverty measurements.

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Statistics Working Group

Washington, DC (September 21, 2009) - Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Statistics Working Group at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. Dr. Blank is pictured with her fellow co-chairs Mr. Fu Ziying, Vice Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China, and David Walters, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Economic Affairs.

Joint Economic Committee

Washington, DC (September 10, 2009) – Dr. Rebecca Blank testified before the Joint Economic Committee on the newly released Census Bureau data on Family Income, Health Insurance Coverage and Poverty Status of Americans in 2008. Dr. Blank was joined by Cecelia Rouse, Member, Council of Economic Advisers, Thomas Miller, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Dr. Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Dr. Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund.

Flu Panel

Washington, DC (September 9, 2009) – Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank led a panel on the challenges of the 2009-H1N1 influenza and its potential impact on small businesses before the House Committee on Small Business. She was joined by Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, USPHS, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service and Mr. Bridger McCaw, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Office of Policy/Office of Private Sector, Department of Homeland Security.

2009 Joint Statistical Meeting

Washington, DC (August 3, 2009) - Dr. Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, , a meeting of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the Statistical Society of Canada comprised of over 5,000 statisticians from government, industry and academia meeting at the Washington Convention Center. Dr. Blank spoke about why good statistics are important to understanding the well-being of American families.

Dr. Robert Groves Confirmed as Census Director

Washington, DC (July 13, 2009)— The United States Senate today confirmed Dr. Robert Groves as the new director of the U.S. Census Bureau, on a strong bipartisan voice vote. Groves, a highly respected expert in the field of survey methodology, takes the helm of the agency at a critical time as it makes final preparations for the 2010 Census.

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