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Measuring Our Economy—200 Years and Still Counting

More than 200 years ago, we began collecting information about America's economy, providing the first foundation for the detailed portrait we have today.

Today, we continue this long tradition by releasing the first results from the 2012 Economic Census. A precursor to the modern-day Economic Census was initiated for the 1810 Census when Congress approved a bill requiring the collection of information on manufacturing establishments.

The Commerce Department’s Strategic Plan: The Value of Government Data

Census Bureau Budget Update—Investment Now Will Save Taxpayer Dollars Later

I'm pleased to announce that the Census Bureau's FY 2014 appropriation of $944 million allows us to turn the corner from the program reductions we've had to make over the last couple of years. With this funding, we can advance our agenda of innovation and increase the amount of data that we provide to the nation.

Data are the fuel that power the 21st century economy and America's dynamic economy require equally dynamic measures to capture and disseminate those changes. Unleashing more data is a key priority in the Commerce Department's "Open for Business Agenda."

Changing the Way We Do Business

Since 1790, we have collected the data that tell America's story—about our people, places and economy. However, as technology changes, we are updating our processes at every level, including how we best deliver the resulting statistics to you.

Earnings of New Hires in Manufacturing: Wage Benefits Continue

Recent data confirms previous findings by the Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA): new hires in manufacturing continue to earn an average of 38 percent more than their counterparts in non-manufacturing jobs, according to 2012 data. 

Another Year, Another Export Record

Four years ago, President Obama made export promotion a national priority, launching the National Export Initiative to renew and revitalize American exports.

That initiative is working.

Today, the Department of Commerce announced that for the fourth year in a row, the United States has set a record for annual exports. Total U.S. exports for 2013 reached $2.3 trillion.

Measuring Bytes across Borders

Digitally-deliverable services such as banking and telecommunications are important contributors to U.S. trade and the overall trade balance. When these services are considered as inputs throughout the production process, their value is even more apparent. Virtually no good or service is produced in the United States without input from one of the many digitally-deliverable services. Furthermore, the recent trend towards increased digitization shows no signs of slowing down.

50 Years Later, Commerce Works to Keep Fighting Poverty

Poverty: The History of a Measure

"This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America…It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won." – President Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union, January 8, 1964."

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