Government Information: Business, Economics and Labor: Overview

Which U. S. federal agencies collect the most frequently requested economic and business data?

Bureau of Economic Analysis provides statistics on United States gross domestic product, gross state product, balance of payments, foreign direct investment, industry and wealth data, personal income, national income and product accounts.

Bureau of Labor Statistics provides statistics on topics including inflation and consumer spending, consumer price index, productivity, producer price index, employment/unemployment, employee benefits, compensation/real earnings/wages, and employment/occupational projections.

Bureau of the Census provides statistics on construction, manufacturing, retail-wholesale trade and selected service industries, business ownership, international trade, income/poverty, and population (estimates, projections, and demographics). Extensive online data with a Subjects A-Z index and a large library of its print publications in PDF. Helpful page entitled Business & Industry links to economic and business data the Census Bureau collects, including data by sector, economic indicators, and special topics.

Which other federal government sites make frequently requested data easily available?

USA Trade Online provides United States import/export statistics by commodity, country, port customs district.(NOTE: Available in the Library only at Reserves, Periodicals and Microform workstations 8 and 9. Select the database from Internet Explorer Favorites menu. No off-campus access.)

Economic Indicators from the Department of Commerce

FedStats is a gateway to statistics from over 100 United States federal agencies.

FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) and FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) offer historic and current economic data.

See also the specific sites and reference titles listed in other sections of this online guide