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Business Resources: Government Agencies for Business, Finance, and Trade

LABOR

United States Department of Labor

The Department of Labor is the umbrella organization at the federal level for a number of employment-related departments and services, including the Benefits Review Board, Employment and Training Administration, Mine Safety & Health Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Management Standards, Office of Workers’ Compensation, among others.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Labor) provides data tools, publications, economic releases, and other resources to provide information on statistics related to jobs, economic growth, and related details.

A data finder and public data API are available as are reports and information profiling data in the areas of inflation & prices, pay & benefits, unemployment, employment, import/export data, and geographic-specific data (U.S.)

TRADE

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition.  The FTC develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences.  We conduct investigations, sue companies and people that violate the law.  We collect reports on hundreds of issues from data security and deceptive advertising to identity theft, etc.  By enforcing antitrust laws, the FTC helps ensure that our markets are open and free. 

Look for the policy tab to access reports, policy statements, agreements, etc.

 

STATISTICS

U.S. International Trade Commission DataWeb

U.S. merchandise trade and tariff data for 1989 to the present are available on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved using a sophisticated querying tool with features such as user defined country and commodity groups.

You will need to create an account to access the tool and retrieve the data.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

The USBEA provides economic data, reports, and analysis for both the U.S. economy and global economic activity.  Their activity is used by business strategists and policy makers to make decisions about interest rates, trade policy, taxes, corporate spending, hiring, investing, and other business-related activities.

GLOBAL ECONOMICS

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Country profiles, data codes, geographic names, strategic materials, and other resources can be found by selecting the References tab.

United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs

The UN’s DESA offers users publications, databases, videos, policy briefs, working papers, etc. and generates, analyzes and compiles a wide range of economic, social and environmental data and statistics to inform and advise Member States and other stakeholders as they take stock of trends and policy options to tackle common problems.

COMMERCE

U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. DOC’s mission is to promote U.S job creation and economic growth by providing data to support commerce, promoting fair trade, and conducting important research and  development projects.

Performance data, economic indicators, population statistics, environmental data, a data catalog, reports, and developer resources are available by selecting the DATA AND REPORTS tab.

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