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Natural Capital

Natural capital refers to the Earth’s stock of natural resources—air, water, soil and living resources—that provide a range of goods and services on which the global economy depends. An inter-agency effort, led by NOAA and ESA, with participation by NIST and EDA, is encouraging businesses to value the importance of natural capital in their planning and operations. Check out the Natural Capital website for valuable resources including case studies, best practices, and other information that businesses have identified as important for decision making.


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Data Services for the 21st Century Economy

The Commerce Department launches the first ever Commerce Data Service. Built in the spirit of America's entrepreneurial technology ventures, the Commerce Data Service is a start-up within government, that consists of diverse team of top-notch designers, developers, software engineers and data scientists. Read more on our blog...


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New Research Will Help U.S. Businesses Assess Costs Everywhere

Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) has been recently revised with more modern, up-to-date information.


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Taking the High Road

There is a wealth of evidence that manufacturing jobs are good jobs. But not all manufacturing jobs are created equal. Published data highlight the considerable variation in pay and productivity across manufacturing industries.


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Report: Value of the American Community Survey

"The American Community Survey is a national treasure, producing a wealth of data our country relies on to make important decisions." - Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Mark Doms


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The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) has been appointed by Secretary Pritzker to assist the Department of Commerce in revolutionizing their data assets, to empower our data users to become more informed, create a data ecosystem around our data products, and ultimately to foster innovation, create jobs, and drive better decision making. Find out more about the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

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Economic Indicators

The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA's Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context.

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American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

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Commerce Department Announces BEA's Move to "Data Campus" in Suitland, Maryland, Now Home to Census Bureau and NOAA Data Operations

Washington, D.C.  – The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics & Statistics Administration (ESA) announced today that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will be moving to the Suitland Federal Center in Maryland in June 2016.

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Visualizing Atmospheric Rivers

Editor's Note: The Commerce Data Service recently launched the Commerce Data Usability Project to feature tutorials and case studies in order to assist data scientists, programmers, researchers and other data users access and utilize a range of Commerce Department datasets. As part of this project, a number of external organizations are sharing tutorials illustrating their innovative use of Commerce data. In the guest blog below, Mapbox explains how to visualize NOAA precipitable water data. To learn more about this project, visit www.commerce.gov/datausability.

Atmospheric Rivers (AR) are narrow regions in the atmosphere that transport water across the world. Like a river suspended in the air, these phenomena carry moisture from the humid tropics to temperate areas, where it has the potential to fall as rain or snow. ARs can range in size, and we depend on them to resupply water reserves. However, when a large AR stalls over an area, it also can bring the risk of heavy, damaging rainfalls and flooding.

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Upcoming Natural Capital Business Roundtable set for Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment with Focus on Tech and Tourism

Photo of Stanford Woods InstituteThe fourth natural capital business roundtable will be hosted by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment on December 9, 2015. Natural capital includes the air, water, soil and living resources that provide a range of goods and services on which the global economy depends.  The December 9th meeting will focus on the technology sector and tourism. Representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia will come together with Commerce Department and local governmental officials for a day of brainstorming to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating natural capital into business models. Commerce Department Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin will be the keynote speaker for the Stanford roundtable.

Reports

What is Made In America?

Made In America Industry Collage

Ninth in a Series of Manufacturing Profiles: What is Made in America? These profiles are a follow-up to the ESA report "What is Made in America?" which estimates the dollar value and domestic-production percentage of what America produces.

Made In America: Primary Metal Products

In 2013, shipments from the U.S. manufacturing sector totaled $5.8 trillion. How much of these shipments do we make in the United States? This series of manufacturing profiles by the U.S. Commerce Department's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) will answer that question one industry at a time. This ninth profile explores primary metal products. Previous profiles examined machinery; food, beverages and tobacco products; transportation equipment (excluding motor vehicles); chemicals; apparel, leather, and allied products; petroleum and coal productscomputer and electronic products; and fabricated metal products.

Economics & Statistics Administration Agencies

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

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The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary's principal adviser on economic matters and serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals, monitors and interprets current economic developments; as well as analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior officials throughout the Administration.

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The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

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