Category Archives: Economy

Pool of Nonemployer Firms Continues to Shrink

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Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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U.S. Businesses Continue to Show Sharp Declines

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Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Visualizing Foreign Trade Data

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Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Sea

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Tweet By: Terri The 1994 classic “Forrest Gump” taught you all the different ways to cook shrimp. USA Trade Online, on the other hand can provide detailed U.S. shrimp trade statistics. For example, did you know that from 2005 through … Continue reading

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State Pensions Suffer Huge Loss

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Tweet With 3.8 million Americans employed by state governments, the welfare of the state retirement systems is a valid concern, especially given the systems’ dependence on market strength. Because of these concerns, many state governments are asking hard questions about … Continue reading

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