Business & Career Library

Business Resources: Statistical Data

The U.S. government is probably the largest producer of statistical information in the world today. We can only offer here a sampling of the information available from federal Web sites and print sources, emphasizing those most likely to be useful to Business Library users.

  • FedWorld.gov is a general gateway to government information and an online locator service. Topics include federal jobs, top government Web sites, government scientific and technical sites, USA.gov, IRS tax forms, auto emissions info and Supreme Court Decisions.
     
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce provides in-depth national and international data for regions and industries.
     
  • Economic Indicators, prepared for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, tracks general economic conditions and broad performance measures entirely in tables and graphs. Also available in hard copy.
     
  • The Economic Report of the President, a document submitted annually to Congress in collaboration with the President's Council of Economic Advisors, emphasizes current economic conditions and challenges and provides many charts and graphs. Also available in hard copy.
     
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's site has a page on Economic and Financial Conditions, http://www.newyorkfed.org/index.html. It links to global, national and regional data and analysis. See also the FRB Beige Book and Fed in Print (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), which all survey economic conditions from the vantage point of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. This information has a key influence on the Fed's crucial interest rate setting function.
     
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is the primary source for Federal Reserve Bulletin articles fulltext, Federal Open Market Committee minutes, all Fed press releases, and statistical summaries of current economic conditions.
     
  • Liber8, "an economic information portal for librarians and students," links to Federal Reserve publications and international economic data sources.
     
  • FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) provides over 1000 data series online and links to Fed publications such as working papers and updated Fed reports as soon as they are released.
     
  • The U.S. Office of Personnel Management contains a guide to detailed wage and salary data for U.S. government employees.
     
  • FedStats is a gateway to statistics from more than 100 government agencies.
     
  • The Business Library collects industry Trade & Summary reports from the U.S. International Trade Commission in hard copy. These reports track thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States, such as computer software and frozen fish.
     
  • The Statistical Abstract of the United States from the Census Bureau, also available in hard copy, is the mother lode of all statistical sources, and still usually the first place librarians look for a fast answer. Since 1878 it has been the standard summary of statistics on the U.S.
     
  • Treasury Bulletin, issued quarterly by the Financial Management Service, tracks a variety of U.S. treasury matters, such as U.S. government foreign exchange accounts, in both narrative and graphic format. It is probably the most detailed source of financial information anywhere.
     
  • TranStats, from the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, offers one stop access to over 100 transportation-related databases.
     
  • Portals to the World is a web resource produced by the Library of Congress arranged by country and including subjects such as business, commerce, and economy.
     
  • The International Monetary Fund: although not a U.S. government body, the IMF compiles massive amounts of useful economic information on virtually all countries. www.imf.org. Consult especially the "Country Information" and "Publications" sections to access their full text resources.
     
  • Export Statistics Express provides maps of one state's global product distribution, a state by state distribution to a selected foreign market, or state-to-market breakdowns.