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U.S. Census Bureau Data Shows Gulf Coast's Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast, forever altering the lives of many of its residents. As we pause to reflect on the impact of the storm, we can see a story of recovery told through Census Bureau statistics on population, housing and businesses.

Council Advises Continued Data Improvements

Council Advises Continued Data ImprovementsOn July 30th, the Commerce Data Advisory Council  convened its second meeting to review and provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's data.  This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital technology executives was eager to dive directly into the work of the Department and provided dozens of excellent recommendations.  A great deal of the feedback can be summarized as "Thumbs up.  Continue the good work."  Though there were some very specific suggestions for improvement areas.  But as with any insightful discussion on how a business is using its information to help its customers, the conversations about improving data led to provocative and fundamental questions about the processes, tools, and skills required to deliver on the Department's strategic data objectives.

Panelists, Audience Provide Feedback on the Value of Census Data at ESRI Conference

As I mentioned in my most recent blog post, last week I moderated a panel session at ESRI’s International Users Conference in San Diego, California, titled, "Calling All Business, Government and Community Decision Makers -- Help the Census Bureau Innovate Its Data Products and Services."

First Results from Census Bureau's 2012 Economic Census Reviewed

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Mark Doms (right) and U.S. Census Director John Thompson (left) briefed a roundtable of reporters on the Advance Report for the 2012 Economic Census and the importance of the economic census and federal statistics to help grow the economy and create jobs.

Manufacturer's Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

September 2013 new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.7 percent, to $490.8 billion. This followed a 0.1 percent decrease in August. September shipments rose 0.1 percent, to $488.9 billion. This followed a 0.2 percent August increase. September unfilled orders rose 0.9 percent, to $1,041.7 billion. This followed a 0.1 percent August increase. And September inventories rose 0.4 percent, to $634.0 billion. This followed a 0.2 percent August increase.

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