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Data Snapshot of the Week: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Figure 1. House Heating ChartWhat are the coldest locations in the United States, and what heating sources do residents in those chilly climes rely upon to warm up their homes?

Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…”

2015 Promises More Data from BEA on Foreign Investment in the United States

Are you looking for statistics on new investment by foreign companies in the United States? The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has you covered. New statistics slated to be unveiled later this year will provide information on things like when a foreign company launches a new business in this country or expands an existing one by building a new plant.

How Much Competition Exists Among ISPs

A new report out today from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), asks: how many Internet service providers (ISPs) are available to consumers at different levels of download speeds? 

Challenging Mission, Strong Team

Our country – the public, businesses, NGOs, non-profits, academic institutions and governments at all levels – relies on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic & Statistics Administration (ESA) to provide timely, relevant, and high-quality data about our population and economy so they can make better decisions. This is no easy task given the sheer magnitude of our nation – we have over 7 million employer- businesses, 320 million people, a Gross Domestic Product of over $17 trillion, and trillions of dollars in international trade.

BEA Operational Improvements Enable Agency to Publish More Regional Economic Statistics

Operational improvements at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) mean the public will soon get to see more regional economic data. These improvements will safeguard businesses’ private information, while ensuring vital regional data is available to policy makers and other data users. BEA is constantly looking at ways to better provide the information that users need while protecting the confidentiality of employers’ records.

Businesses Commit to Alleviate Their Suppliers’ Capital Costs

Photo of Susan HelperA recently released Department of Commerce report, "The Economic Benefits of Reducing Supplier Working Capital Costs," highlighted how much the viability of our nation's supply chain depends on large firms paying on time.  Our small manufacturing firms—which account for more than 1/3 of manufacturing shipments and close to half of employment—fa

US Mark Doms Leads Plenary on Data and Entrepreneurship at the National League of Cities’ Annual Congress of Cities Conference

US Mark Doms Leads Plenary on Data and Entrepreneurship at the National League of Cities' Annual Congress of Cities ConferenceAustin, Texas - Under Secretary Doms helped lead a conversation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at this year's National League of Cities Conference in Austin, Texas.

Join Commerce’s Data Revolution: Innovation Leaders Need Apply

Guest Blog Post by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

Last summer, I outlined the wide variety of factors that make the Department of Commerce "America’s Data Agency" – and I announced a series of steps aimed at unlocking the full potential of our data resources.

Among those actions, launching a department-wide Data Advisory Council was a top priority and a key commitment. And today, I am pleased to say that we are making good on our promise: the council has been officially established and we are now accepting applications.

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Accessing Census Bureau Statistics

If you are thinking of starting a new business, one of the first things you need is information to understand market conditions. Entrepreneurs rely on American Community Survey and Economic Census data to understand local markets, the local workforce, commuting patterns and economic activity in prospective new locations to make investment decisions that create jobs and grow the economy.

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