Government Benefits: County-level data

The Geography of Government Benefits, an interactive mapping tool developed by the the New York Times, provides data on government benefits (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Income Support, Unemployment, and Veterans Benefits) as a percentage of personal income for every county in the U.S. The NY Times utilzed data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis […]

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U.S. Statistical Abstract

Often overlooked in the scramble to find data, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is one of the best places to start looking for information. Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract has been the place to go for social, political, and economic statistics on the  United States. In addition to serving as a source of […]

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Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI) is a comprehensive tool to help communities analyze their readiness for economic development.  The program enables communities to identify and assess their strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan or taking action to improve economic development opportunities in the community. The index is based on individual perceptions of activities and conditions in the […]

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First Impressions: A Community Assessment and Improvement Program

First Impressions is a community assessment and improvement program developed by Andy Lewis and James Schneider.  This simple, yet extremely effective tool helps people identify and assess their community’s strengths and weakness.  Initially developed in 1991, First Impressions has been used in 100s of communities in the U.S. and Canada.  This successful program matches “sister communities” and […]

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The Coincident Index: A single measure of economic health

The Coincident Index (CI) is a monthly composite economic indicator published by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.  The CI provides a snapshot of economic conditions in each state. An increase in a state’s CI over time indicates an expansion in economic activity within the state while a declining CI signals a contraction in the state’s economy. […]

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MSA and Micrometropolitan Business Patterns

MSA and micrometropolitan Business Patterns provides  the same detailed annual information at the as County Business Patterns on the number of business establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll.  The data is available at the six digit NAICS Code (depending on the size of the population). It is important to note that this […]

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ZIP Code Business Patterns

ZIP Code Business Patterns provides  the same detailed annual information at the ZIP Code level as County Business Patterns on the number of business establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll.  The data is available at the six digit NAICS Code (depending on the size of the population). It is important to note […]

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Principal Federal Economic Indicators

Be the first on your block to receive monthly and quarterly updates  from the U.S. Department of Commerce  Economic & Statistics Administration (ESA). Simply sign up for Principal Federal Economic Indicators and receive email updates of the following: Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services Advance Report on Durable Goods Construction Put in Place Gross Domestic Produce […]

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Location Quotient Calculator (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website includes a Location Quotient Calculator that enables users to quickly and easily calculate location quotients for any county in the U.S.   Annual data from 2001 to 2010 is available allowing users to analyze changes over time.  Location quotients can be calculated up to the three-digit NAICS level.  However,  […]

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