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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

Economic Indicator: Diminishing Housing Inventory a Sign of Recovering Market

Economic Briefing

Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released data on new housing starts and building permits.  Inventory is an important component of the construction data and recently, as the market has been recovering and completed homes have been selling relatively fast, the aggregate new housing inventory has been declining to some of the lowest levels on record.

Statement from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on Record International Trade in Goods and Services in 2012

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued a statement announcing that U.S. goods and services exports reached an all-time record in 2012, totaling $2.2 trillion. Export records were seen across the board, including in: capital goods, automotive vehicles, parts, and engines; consumer goods; and travel and tourism. This announcement follows the release of the 2012 U.S.

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