Economics: Statistics

Frequently Requested Titles

Beige Book (Federal Reserve Board)
Published eight times per year, this report summarized the current economic conditions in each district of the Federal Reserve Board. Based on reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources.
Business Cycle Indicators (The Conference Board)
The Conference Board publishes leading, coincident, and lagging indexes designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle for nine countries around the world.
Consumer Price Indexes (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Price indexes for the U.S., the four Census regions, size of city, cross-classifications of regions and size-classes, and for 26 local areas. Indexes are available include: major groups of consumer expenditures (food and beverages, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care, recreation, education and communications, and other goods and services), items within each group, and special categories, such as services.
County and City Data Books
Provides access to the electronic versions of the 2007 County and City Data Books. Customizable by selecting specific locations and data to be displayed.
Handbook of International Economic Statistics, 1998 (Central Intelligence Agency)
Basic worldwide statistics for comparing the economic performance of major countries and regions. Data generally covers 1970, 1980, and 1990-98. Document is in PDF format.
Historical United States Census Data Browser
Provides detailed county and state-level ecological or descriptive data for the United States for the years 1790 to 1970. Includes a breakdown of population by state, race, nationality, number of families, size of the family, births, deaths, marriages, occupation, religion, and general economic conditions. Also provides statistics on such diverse subjects as total numbers of newspapers and periodicals, total capital invested in manufacturing, total numbers of educational institutions, total number of churches, taxation by state, and land surface area in square miles.
National Income Product Accounts
NIPA show the value and composition of the Nation's output and the distribution of incomes generated in its production. Includes estimates of gross domestic product(GDP), GDP price measures, national income, personal income, and corporate profits. The data are presented in two historical series - Annual and Quarterly - from 1959 forward.
Producer Price Indexes (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The PPI measure the average change over time in selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. Includes over 500 industry price indexes in combination with over 10,000 specific product line and product category sub-indexes, over 3,200 commodity price indexes organized by type of product and end use, and aggregate price indexes organized by commodity-based processing stage.
State and Metropolitan Area Data Book - 5th Edition
A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions at the State and metropolitan area levels. Most files are in PDF format.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.

Comprehensive Resources

The Economic Statistics Briefing Room
Intended to provide easy access to current Federal economic indicators. Includes links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. Sections on: Production, Sales, Orders and Inventories; Output; Income, Expenditures, and Wealth; Employment, Unemployment, and Earnings; Prices; Money, Credit, and Interest Rates; Transportation; and International Statistics.
Statistical Resources on the Web: Comprehensive Economics
From the University of Michigan. Includes sections on: Comprehensive Sites; Business and Industry; Cost of Living; Federal/State Finances; Finance; Foreign/International Data; Foreign Trade; Labor; and Stat-USA.

Government Statistical Services

United States Government

CenStats (Census Bureau)
Provides convenient access to several popular Census Bureau databases including international trade data, county and zip-code business patterns, and the Annual Survey of Manufacturers.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (Department of Commerce)
Provides regional, national, and international data. The national economic accounts provide a quantitative view of the production, distribution, and use of the Nation's output; one of the most widely known measures is gross domestic product (GDP). BEA also prepares estimates of the Nation's tangible wealth and input-output tables that show how industries interact. The regional economic accounts provide estimates, analyses, and projections of personal income, population, and employment for regions, States, metropolitan areas, and counties. BEA also prepares estimates of gross state product. The international economic accounts encompass the international transactions accounts (balance of payments) and the estimates of U.S. direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in the United States.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data in the area of labor economics and statistics. Download specific reports or select those data sets you need. Searchable.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Collects and compiles statistics about all aspects of transportation from highways to airplanes to consumer travel. Includes maps.
Economic Research Service (Agriculture Department)
Includes statistics on: Agricultural Research and Development; Banking and Farm Credit; Farm Sector Economics; Farm workers and Farm Employment; Field Crops; Food; Inputs and Technology; International Agriculture; Land, Water, and Conservation; Livestock, Dairy and Poultry; Rural America; Specialty Agriculture; Statistics and Methods; Trade Issues; and U.S. Agricultural Trade. Searchable. Many files are in Lotus 1-2-3 or ASCI format.
Energy Information Administration
EIA reports data about the supply, consumption, distribution, and price of energy in the United States. The statistics cover petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, and various forms of renewable energy (solar, wood, wind, etc.) and is available at three geographic levels — States, the nation, and foreign countries.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments and regional economic data for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Most files are in ASCII format, although some compressed files are in .zip or self-extracting .exe formats.
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Statistics covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture — production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm aspects of the industry. Include many graphs. Searchable. Many historical data sets are in Lotus 1-2-3 format.
Statistics: Releases and Historical Data (Federal Reserve Board)
Primarily statistics about money — foreign exchange rates, commercial paper, funds accounts, etc. Includes current releases and some historical data.


Comptroller of Texas
The Comptroller of Texas website contains information on the economy, finances of Texas, and programs. Includes regional economic data, key economic indicators, and forecasts.
Texas Data Center (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)
Population and economic statistics.
Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve — Dallas)
Reports and statistics on agriculture, banking, energy, high technology, manufacturing and international trade in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana.

International Agencies

OECD Statistics
Includes statistics on: Economics; Agriculture and food; Energy; Development co-operation; Education, labor, and social affairs; Health; Public Management; Science, Technology and Industry; and Transport.
World Bank: Data
Statistics from the World Development Indicators database organized by country and topic. Browse or search.
International Monetary Fund
Includes links to IMF publications, fund rates, and data standards. Some publications are available online in PDF format.
World Trade Organization
Set up to provide up-to-date aggregate developments in world trade.