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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on New Residential Construction in February 2011

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released data on new residential construction in February 2011. Permits for new housing units fell 8.2 percent in February, while private-sector analysts had expected a small 1.2-percent rise. Housing starts dropped 22.5 percent in February. Private-sector analysts had expected a moderate 4.4-percent decline. However, analysts still generally expect a notable pick-up in housing activity for both 2011 and 2012.

Work plan on Statistics Signed at the 21st U.S.-China JCCT Meeting

Work Plan on Statistics Signed at the 21st U.S.-China JCCT MeetingWashington, D.C., December 15, 2010 - Under Secretary Rebecca Blank, signs a work plan for the Statistics Working Group at the 21st meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Washington D.C. on December 15, 2010.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in February 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for February 2011. Retail sales jumped 1.0 percent, a strong monthly gain and the eighth consecutive monthly increase. This figure was slightly below private-sector expectations of a 1.2-percent gain. Sales at motor vehicle dealers increased 2.3 percent. Sales excluding automotive dealers increased 0.7 percent, consistent with private-sector expectations of a 0.7 percent gain.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on January 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the January 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in January 2011 increased 2.7 percent from December 2010 to $167.7 billion, the highest level for monthly exports on record with record exports in both exports of goods ($120.5 billion), and exports of services ($47.2 billion). U.S.

Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank Discusses New Women in America Report at Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2011 - Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank joined Tina Tchen, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls; Preeta Bansal, senior policy advisor and general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget; and a panel of experts at the Center for American Progress today to discuss the findings of a new White House report, "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." The discussion focused on women's present role in families, education, employment, health, and crime in American Society.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms on Personal Income and Outlays in January 2011

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for January 2011. Personal income increased 1.0 percent in January, exceeding private-sector expectations of a 0.4-percent rise. Wages and salaries, the largest component of income, rose 0.3 percent, perhaps hampered by more severe than usual weather in some parts of the country. Real consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent in January but has already risen 0.8 percent at an annual rate above its fourth-quarter average.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms on the Second Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released the second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2010. Real GDP grew 2.8 percent at an annual rate, less than expectations and revised down from the 3.2-percent advance estimate. The downward revision reflects a wider trade deficit, reduced state and local government spending, and lower personal consumption.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in January 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for January 2011. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in January. This figure was slightly below private-sector expectations of a 0.6-percent gain. Excluding automobiles, retail sales grew 0.3 percent in January. Sales at motor vehicle dealers increased 0.6 percent. “Retail sales, along with other indicators of consumer spending, continues to show growth following strong gains in the second half of 2010,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on December 2010 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the December 2010 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 of goods and services in December increased 1.8 percent from November to $163 billion. U.S. imports of goods and services increased 2.6 percent to $203.5 billion, with the overall trade deficit growing by 5.9 percent in December to $40.6 billion.

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