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Dr. Sue Helper Named U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Dr. Susan Helper will serve as the department’s new Chief Economist, a post within Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration. For the past year, Dr. Helper served as Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on International Trade in Goods and Services in May 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued the following statement today on the release of the May 2013 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (PDF) data. Both total services and automotive exports hit record levels in May, although overall U.S. exports of goods and services dropped slightly to $187.1 billion, from $187.6 billion in April. Total services exports were led by increases in travel, passenger fares, and other private services.

A Rebound in Housing: What the Permits Data Are Showing

Each month, the Census Bureau surveys a sample of local building permit offices and releases data on the total number of permits issued for new private residential construction.  (The next monthly construction release is scheduled for tomorrow, June 18th at 8:30 a.m.) Once per year, however, the bureau surveys all 20,000 permit offices in the country to get a complete accounting of permits issued during the calendar year.  These data underlie the annual benchmark revision of the building permit data, the latest of which was released on M

Assess Costs Everywhere: Product Quality

 "Good enough" is a phrase that does not belong on the factory floor. Today's factory processes must meet exacting specifications, and this need underlies many U.S. manufacturers' decisions to reassess where they are producing or sourcing.

Breaking Down the Urban-Rural Broadband Divide

While broadband availability has expanded for all parts of the United States, NTIA data has consistently shown that urban areas have greater access to broadband at faster speeds than rural areas. In a new report released today, NTIA and the Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) delve deeper into the differences between broadband availability in rural and urban areas.

Assess Costs Everywhere: The Real Cost of Inventory

ACE:  Inventory FactorsAll manufacturing companies, regardless of where they manufacture their products or source their inputs, must develop strategies that account for the amount of time that passes between ordering new products and receiving those products. However, when production and supply chains extend overseas, many companies find the need to maintain larger domestic inventories because larger inventories

Are The Numbers There Yet?

How Do The Census Bureau And Bureau Of Economic Analysis Set Data Release Dates?

Assess Costs Everywhere: Firms Can Trip Up By Forgetting About Travel Costs

The Department of Commerce's recently released Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool helps firms understand the total costs and risks associated with deciding where to locate their operations or supply chains. These costs range from labor and shipping to product quality to regulatory compliance. Today, we will explore travel costs.

Where can I find that? ESA Shows How to Use Its Agencies’ Local and Regional Data for Economic Planning

Map and Data from the Census Data and Emergency Preparedness WebsiteWhen disaster strikes an American community, local and regional planners focus on saving lives and property, but once the winds stop or the waters recede, the process of assessing the damage and economic impacts begins.  Developing an accurate economic and demographic

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