are responsible for collecting and maintaining up-to-date data. However, the usual raw tabular formats are hard to read or use. Primary sources also are the places to go for exact definitions and measurement techniques.
repackage primary-source data to offer increased selectability, usability, and speed of delivery.
Numbers Now! is the place to go if you are looking for concise current facts this minute!
See also the U.S. Government's overall website, FirstGov for an ambitious organized set of links to government agencies and services, both federal and state.
Government and private agencies collecting and maintaining raw data series
Income, output, savings, investment, balance of payments, etc.
Employment, labor force, unemployment, Consumer Price Index (CPI) and producer price index (PPI), productivity, regional components, and much more. Specific series can be selected relatively easily for use. See also: Economy at a Glance (BLS) in Secondary Sources below.
Monetary aggregates, interest rates, commercial bank data, exchange rates; plus collected employment, fiscal, price data; GDP, balance of payments; regional data; and more. Data in download, usable formats. Daily and monthly data where available. Many series go back through the 1960s; a few go as far back as the early 1900s. Hundreds of series.
Pre-WWI and Interwar data from the U.S. plus some from the U.K., France, and Germany. Income, employment, price data, money supplies, interest rates, stocks, savings, investment, government budget and finance, foreign trade, and more. Each series in ASCII format, usable in statistical packages. See also the NBER's business cycle reference dates in table format.
Charts and tables for recent labor force, employment, price series (CPI and PPI), etc. prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also: Regional economies by state, and statistics by industry. Nicely organized table option allows you to create custom historical tables.
Economic Indicators: Tables and weighted averages focussing on assessing current economic conditions.
Summaries and tables of the widely used Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) annual reports, summarizing annual data since the 1950s or earlier, as available. ASCII files, table format, at the ends of each volume. For the complete texts in pdf and ASCII files, 1996-present, see also the
Government Printing Office.. For text of still earlier editions, check out gopher:
ERP, 1992-94 .
Clear, thorough site with many current U.S. and international economic facts, plus direct links to the pages where the data came from. Facts broken out into M1, M2, specific price series and deflators, nominal and real GDP, etc. Maintained by John A. Shaw.
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