These sources all provide broad collections of economic data and are generally easy to use. The most comprehensive sources--Statistical Abstract and Historical Statistics of the U.S.--are listed first, followed by the rest in alphabetical order.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Always a good place to start for numeric data from the Federal Government. Sources for each table are given in footnotes, so the book can be used as an index to more in-depth sources. The paper version is generally easier to use than the PDF format on CD-ROM and the web.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present
Published originally by the U.S. Census Bureau as a supplement to the Statistical Abstract, and now updated by Cambridge Univeristy Press, Historical Statistics brings together data from numerous government and private sources. Tabular data and text references to other sources.
Business Statistics of the United States
[Call numbers/holdings]. Privately published by Bernan Press, this book consists primarily of data from the Federal Government, supplemented by private sources. Annual time series up to 30 years plus selected monthly data.
Census Bureau Business and Industry
This page provides a gateway in to the economic data collection available on the Census Bureau's web site. http://www.census.gov/econ/index.html
Census Bureau - PDF Publications
Census Bureau publications in PDF format arranged by subject. Broad coverage back to 1996-97, including economic reports and data. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/titles.html
County Business Patterns
Economic Report of the President
Prepared annually by the Council of Economic Advisors, the Report is transmitted to Congress by the President. Numerous tables and charts are included in the text in addition to a substantial statistical appendix, with time series often dating back to the 1940's.
Maintained by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, this site is a gateway to statistical data published by Federal agencies. http://www.fedstats.gov/.
Handbook of Labor Statistics 1975: Reference Edition [Bureau of Labor Statistics, with data 1947-1974]
Reference U.S. L 2.3/5:989
Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics [Bernan Press, 1997- ]
Both volumes contain numerous tables and time-series of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
State Profile: North Carolina
[Call numbers/holdings]. Compiled and published by Woods & Poole Economics, Inc., this book tabulates basic economic statistics for the U.S., regions, the state of North Carolina, as well as counties and metropolitan areas within the state.
Survey of Current Business
Monthly publication from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Includes topical articles and tabular data.
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