Category Archives: Economy

Characteristics of New Housing

What did new housing look like in 2010? How large was the average new house? How many bedrooms did new homes have? What was the average cost of a new single family home? Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau collects … Continue reading

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Visualizing Foreign Trade Data

Starting this month, with the release of the June 2011 trade data, the U.S. Census Bureau introduced the Foreign Trade Graph of the Month. Each month will feature a new graph highlighting interesting data points or series about U.S. exports … Continue reading

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Pool of Nonemployer Firms Continues to Shrink

Written by: William G. Bostic Jr., Associate Director for Economic Programs Firms that do not have paid employees (businesses ranging from small "mom and pop" corner stores to independent contractors to Internet-based mail order houses) have continued to suffer through … Continue reading

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U.S. Businesses Continue to Show Sharp Declines

Written by: William G. Bostic Jr., US Census Bureau For most, it would not come as a surprise to learn that the last couple of years have been a time of economic hardship for our nation. Headlines have depicted a … Continue reading

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Visualizing Foreign Trade Data

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau added interactive graphs to the U.S. international trade data released each month. For example, these two graphs help you better understand international trade in petroleum. The first graph shows the effect of prices on petroleum … Continue reading

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