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Economic Indicator Webinars

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators keep the world informed by providing the first official measures of the changing U.S. economy.
Our Economic Indicators provide monthly and quarterly data that are timely, reliable, and offer comprehensive measures of the U.S. economy. These statistics cover construction, housing, international trade, retail trade, wholesale trade, services, and manufacturing. The data provide measures of current economic activity that allow analysis of performance and inform business investment and policy decisions.
Join us in our second Economic Indicator Webinar series, "Investigating Economic Indicators". Tune in and learn about the Economic Indicators data, how the data can be used, and how you can access the data.
View the webinars from our prior webinar series, "Introduction to Economic Indicators" by clicking on the 'Intro to Economic Indicators' tab below.

 

Investigating Economic Indicators Series

The Investigating Economic Indicators Webinar Series has concluded. Recordings and supporting materials for previous webinars are available. Are there any topics you would like to see? Contact us today at (866)-564-5431.

PREVIOUS WEBINARS


Measuring Our Economy: A Brief Overview of the Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators   Navigating Indicator Databases
U.S. Census Bureau
April 8, 2015
  U.S. Census Bureau
May 20, 2015
Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau publishes 13 Economic Indicators that measure the Nation's economic activity? Learn what these indicators are and what information is available from each.   Have you ever wanted to find specialized indicator data but did not know where to look? In this webinar, learn how to navigate Census Bureau databases to find Economic Indicator data.
Webinar Recording
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 3Mb]

  Webinar Recording
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 4MB]

Presentation Transcript [DOC 99 KB]


Understanding Construction and Housing Statistics   Measuring Our Evolving Economy: Exploring the Quarterly Financial Report and the Quarterly Services Survey’s Role in Tracking the Service Industries
U.S. Census Bureau
July 8, 2015
  U.S. Census Bureau
September 23, 2015
Do you want to learn more about the relationship between New Residential Construction, New Residential Sales, and Construction Spending? Are you interested in how housing and construction indicators relate to other federal and private sector data? In this webinar, we will explore these relationships and clarify common misunderstandings about the data.   Today’s economy is not the same as the production-centered economy of just a few decades ago. As our economy changes, the tools for observing the economic landscape need to be developed and enriched. In this webinar, we will explore how the Quarterly Financial Report and Quarterly Services Survey address the need for timely service sector data in an era where services account for over 50 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.
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Presentation [PDF 1.2 MB]

Presentation Transcript [DOC 99 KB]

  Access September 23rd Webinar
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Presentation [PDF 1.2MB]

Presentation Transcript [DOC 99 KB]


Wholesale, Retail, and International Trade Indicators in a Global Marketplace   Exciting Changes with USA Trade Online
U.S. Census Bureau
October 28, 2015
  U.S. Census Bureau
November 4, 2015
Do you want to increase your understanding of the relationship between Wholesale, Retail, and International Trade? Are you interested in the association between trade indicators and other federal data? In this webinar, we will delve into these intriguing questions and explore connections between the different trade-related Economic Indicators against an ever changing global marketplace.   The official source for U.S. merchandise data, USA Trade Online (UTO), is now FREE to the public. In this webinar, you will learn about how to set up and manage your account in UTO. In addition, we'll cover new data features, new fields and various functions of the database.
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Presentation [PDF 1.9MB]

Presentation Transcript  [DOC 99 KB]

  Access November 4th Webinar
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Presentation [PDF 1.0 MB]

Presentation Transcript  [DOC 99 KB]


Manufacturing, Products, and Goods Across Indicators   Recent and Upcoming Indicator Improvements
U.S. Census Bureau
December 16, 2015
  U.S. Census Bureau
January 27, 2016
Do you want to learn more about the relationship between Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3), International Trade, and Quarterly Financial Report statistics? Are you interested in how manufacturing indicators relate to other federal data? In this webinar, we will explore the relationships between the different manufacturing-related Economic Indicators.   Here at the Census Bureau we make it part of our mission to keep our data products relevant. To achieve that goal, we continuously work on enhancements to existing surveys and reports. In this webinar, we will look back at the improvements we made in 2015 and forward to those in our future.
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The Building Blocks of Gross Domestic Product   Relationships between Monthly & Quarterly Indicators to Annual Surveys and 5-Year Economic Censuses
U.S. Census Bureau
March 30, 2016
  U.S. Census Bureau
September 28, 2016
You may already know that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures economic activity, but do you know how our Economic Indicators and other economic data from the Census Bureau are used in calculating GDP?

With help from our colleagues at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), "The Building Blocks of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)" webinar will provide you key information on the BEA and their data products, background and definition of the GDP, and the role of Census Bureau economic data in GDP.
  Did you know that every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts an Economic Census that affects monthly and quarterly Economic Indicators and their annual counterparts? In this webinar, we will discuss how we trend monthly and quarterly indicator data to annual surveys and the Economic Census.

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Presentation [PDF 2 MB]

 

Access September 28th Webinar

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Presentation [PDF 1.5 MB]

 


Introduction to Economic Indicators



Economic Indicators

Discover the U.S. Census Bureau's economic statistics through the Economic Indicator Webinar Series. Each of the 13 economic indicators in this webinar series will provide an in-depth description of how the critical economic indicator data are collected and how you can access and use these statistics. Sessions include construction, housing, international trade, retail trade and more.


Series List

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (FT-900)
Archived - July 25, 2013

The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report, released jointly with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, is the official source of comprehensive data on imports and exports of goods and services. This report provides the most timely measures of U.S. trade by commodity, country, and state. These foreign trade statistics will allow you to make better business decisions.

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For more information on this topic:

For Goods contact:

Foreign Trade Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

1 (800) 549-0599 option 4
email: ftd.data.dissemination@census.gov

For Services contact:

Balance of Payments Division
Bureau of Economic Analysis

(202) 606-9545
email: internationalaccounts@bea.gov


Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS)
Archived - August 20, 2013

The Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services is the earliest available monthly estimates of broad-based retail trade activity and consumer spending. The survey provides reliable measures of current economic activity that are essential to an objective assessment of the need for, and impact of, a wide range of public policy decisions.

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For more information on this topic:

Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau


1-800-327-4389 option 1 - MARTS/MRTS/EC
fax: 301-763-8385 (secure)
email: retail.trade@census.gov


New Residential Construction and Sales (NRC & NRS)
Archived - September 25, 2013

The New Residential Construction series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new privately owned housing units authorized by permits, started and completed, as well as the inventories of units authorized but not yet started and units under construction. The New Residential Sales series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new houses sold and for sale, as well as the median and average prices of new houses sold.

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For more information on this topic:

Residential Construction Branch,
Manufacturing and Construction Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-5160
fax: 301-763-8835
email: mcd.rcb.customer.service@census.gov


Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)
Archived - January 22, 2014

The Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey is conducted to provide data on the sales and inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, excluding Manufacturers' Sales Branches and Offices (MSBOs). The survey provides a reliable measure of current economic activity in the wholesale sector that is essential to an objective assessment of the need for and impact of a wide range of public policy decisions.

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Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 2.0Mb]

Transcript [PDF 83Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Current Wholesale Branch,
Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-2703
fax: 301-763-4877
email: sssd.wholesale.trade@census.gov


Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries (QFRM) & Retail Trade (QFRR)
Archived - January 29, 2014

The Quarterly Financial Report is the sole source of quarterly statistics on the financial results and position of privately and publicly held non financial corporations in the United States. The program produces statistics on the sales, profits, assets, liabilities, stockholders' equity, and related financial and operating ratios of corporations in the manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, information, and professional, scientific and technical services (excluding legal services) sectors.

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For more information on this topic:

Quarterly Financial Report,
Company Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-6600
fax: 888-353-4102
email: csd.qfr@census.gov


Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (AdvM3) &
Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3)
Archived - February 12, 2014

The Advance Report on Manufacturing covers shipments, inventories, orders and unfilled orders for manufacturing of durable goods in the U.S. The Full Report includes any revisions to durables from the Advance Report and the addition of the non durable portion of U.S. manufacturing.

Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)
Archived - February 26, 2014

The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership quarterly release provides data on rental and homeowner vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states, and for the 75 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including estimates of the total housing inventory, characteristics of units available for occupancy, and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale units for the U.S. and regions.

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Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 340Kb]

Transcript [PDF 69Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-3199
email: sehsd.financial.&.market.characteristics@census.gov


Construction Put in Place (VIP)
Archived - March 12, 2014

The Construction Spending series (otherwise known as the Value of Construction Put in Place) provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. This includes new residential and nonresidential structures as well as improvements to existing structures.

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Construction Put in Place (VIP)
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 1.3Mb]

Transcript [PDF 64Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Construction Expenditures Branch,
Manufacturing and Construction Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-1605


Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)
Archived - March 26, 2014

The Quarterly Services Report is the only source of service industry indicator performance providing estimates of revenue for selected service industries, source-of-revenue estimates for a subset of industries, estimates of total operating expenses from tax-exempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component, as well as estimates of inpatient days and discharges for hospital services.

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Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)
Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 1.6Mb]

Transcript [PDF 70Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Services Indicators Branch,
Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-2960
email: sssd.qss@census.gov



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