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There are many different ways to search for information for business from government sources. Below you will find links to a variety of sources and finding aids both governmental and commercial.

State and Local Resources

New Hanover County - Finance

The Finance Department provides financial information and guidance to the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager in allocating public resources to meet the needs and expectations of the community. The department also maintains accurate financial information to support the overall fiscal management through a system of financial planning, reporting, and control.

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City of Wilmington - Business

The Economic Development Division is responsible for implementing programs and services that (1) attain job creation and retention and (2) for increasing income within the city by attracting higher-wage job opportunities.

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North Carolina - Services for Businesses

Connect with a variety of resources for businesses provided by the state of North Carolina.

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Databases

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract is the best known and most popular single source of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This database is designed to serve as a convenient, easy-to-use statistical reference source and as a guide to statistical publications and sources.

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Statistics of U.S. Business

U.S. Census Bureau. A free online resource for statistical business information.

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Explore Census Data

"Data.Census.gov is the platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy."

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Starting Points

Department of Commerce

works with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.   Includes the International Trade Administration and Export.gov. Includes a section for North Carolina.

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Department of Labor

Department of Labor

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

Resource for national economic data including GDP, foreign trade investments, and industry data.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Resource for labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity statistics in the United States. Agency historically has used data collection to inform public and private economic practices and policies.

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Bureau of the Census

Homepage for the United States Census Bureau. Provides information on population research, programs and surveys, and census careers.

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North Carolina Secretary of State

Search for registered businesses.

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Websites

USA.gov

As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

has provided "millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses."

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State & County QuickFacts - U.S. Census Bureau

Fast, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography

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Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

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Inflation & Consumer Spending - U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has various indexes that measure different aspects of inflation.

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Consumer Credit Data - Federal Reserve

From the Federal Reserve. These data are released around the fifth business day of each month.

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National Compensation Survey

The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of occupational wages; employment cost trends, and benefit incidence and detailed plan provisions. Detailed occupational earnings are available for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions, and on a national basis.

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National Economic Accounts

The Bureau of Economic Analysis' national economic statistics provide a comprehensive view of U.S. production, consumption, investment, exports and imports, and income and saving. These statistics are best known by summary measures such as gross domestic product (GDP), corporate profits, personal income and spending, and personal saving.

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Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

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Beige Book - Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions

Report published eight times a year by the Federal Reserve Board. Report produced by gathered anecdotal evidence on current economic conditions.

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Producer Price Indexes - Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Producer Price Index (PPI) program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. The prices included in the PPI are from the first commercial transaction for many products and some services.

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Employment Projections - Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Employment Projections Program develops information about the labor market for the Nation as a whole for 10 years in the future.

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North Carolina Labor Statistics

United States Department of Labor's statistics on North Carolina.

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Selected Interest Rates Daily

The weekly release is posted on Monday. Daily updates of the weekly release are posted Tuesday through Friday on this site. If Monday is a holiday, the weekly release will be posted on Tuesday after the holiday and the daily update will not be posted on that Tuesday.

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Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) - U.S. Census Bureau

Provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments.

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Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

The Federal Reserve's monthly index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates cover manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. The industrial sector, together with construction, accounts for the bulk of the variation in national output over the course of the business cycle. The industrial detail provided by these measures helps illuminate structural developments in the economy.

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Foreign Trade Statistics

FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need.

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Tariff and Trade Dataweb

Contains export prospects and market information for various countries and regions.

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TradeStats Express

From Export.gov - Presented by the Office of Trade and Industry Information (OTII), Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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