For help finding general statistics and compiling data sets, contact USC's Social Science and Statistics librarian, Katharin Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-1700). For help using statistical software, contact USC's Senior Statistical Consultant, AnnMaria DeMars (email@example.com; 740-2840).
Consult USC's Government Documents research guide to find more resources.
In Crocker Library:
- Statistical Abstract of the United States (Reference HA202 .A4)
- Economic Report of the President (Reference HC106.5 A272)
- Business Statistics of the United States (Reference HC101 .A13122)
- Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005 (Reference HA202 .K87 2001)
- Statistics for Business & Economics (Reference HF1017 .A6)
- Statistics Methods for Practice & Research (Reference HA32 .G38 2006)
- Statistical Analysis: quick reference guidebook (Reference HA29 .E4826 2007)
- SPSS for Windows (Reference HA32 .G458 2008)
- STATA series (Reference HA32 .S6733 and QA276.4)
These resources represent USC subscription databases plus freely available internet resources for domestic economic and statistical information only.
Conference Board: (USC network connection required)
Produces indexes for consumer confidence and business confidence as well as Business Cycle Indicators (since spring 1977).
The Federal Reserve Board Beige Book:
This report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources.
County Business Patterns:
Includes payroll and employment data arranged by county for the entire United States.
Economic Report of the President and the Budget of the United States Government:
Provides download capability for entire document sections or spreadsheet versions of the annually published United States budget and statistical tables. Print copies are available in Business, Doheny and VKC libraries (HC106 .5A272).
Economic Statistics Briefing Room (White House):
Includes data from U.S. federal agencies on: 1) production, sales, orders and inventories; 2) income, expenditures, and wealth; 3) employment, unemployment, and earnings; 4) prices; 5) money, credit, and interest rates; 6) transportation; and 7) international statistics.
The Public Debt of the United States:
Reported every business day to the penny by the Bureau of the Public Debt in the Department of Treasury.
Producer Price Indexes:
Price indexes from the mining, manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and service sectors of the U.S. economy.
Ecanned: the economy in a can
Provides business and economic data profiles for all U.S. states.
STAT-USA: (USC network connection required)
From the Department of Commerce; includes the National Trade Data Bank, U.S. economic indicators, new releases, etc. This is a one-stop internet site for browsing business, trade and economic information.
Comprehensive stock information.
Financial Forecast Center:
Includes six-month forecasts for U.S. stock indexes, money rates, and other macroeconomic indicators.
Research, data and publications issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
National Economic Trends:
Research, data and publications issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
UCLA-Anderson Business Forecast:
This site includes highlights of this renowned forecast for the U.S. and California economies.
Economic Cycle Research Institute:
A subscription-based site that tracks business and economic cycles, including 20 global economies, and which also features some free data.
Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis:
Sponsored by Florida State University.
Produced by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy and includes statistics from more than 70 federal agencies in the U.S. government.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Provides links to national and international statistical sites.
Statistical Abstract of the United States:
Published annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. Provides download access to individual sections or direct viewing of frequently requested tables going back over 100 years. Hard copies available in Crocker Business Library (Reference HA202 .A4).
Business Cycle Indicators:
This site presents a set of 256 data series commonly known as the U.S. Business Cycle Indicators used for tracking and predicting U.S. business activity with data from the Office of Economic Analysis. Most of the data on this website is monthly with a few quarterly exceptions, and is complete from 1948 to 2008. Business Cycle Indicators is now being produced by the Conference Board.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:
Includes access to Economic Research and Data supporting the Bank's policy and public outreach functions. The Department specializes in economic issues in Pacific Basin countries.
California Economic Indicators:
Includes data since January 1996 from California's Department of Finance.
Rand California Statistics: (USC network connection required)
This database allows retrieval of demographic, census, business, economic, health, finance, education, and quality of life indicators, and statistics by county or city, in some instances going back to the 1980s.
California Labor Statistics:
PDF downloads of annual county profiles including population, economic, financial and social statistics aggregated by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy:
Contains commentary and analysis on economic issues affecting the state.
The CalTrade Report:
Contains business news and information on all aspects of the California economy.
Public Policy Institute of California:
Issues nonpartisan reports and research on economic, social and political issues affecting California.
FDIC State Profiles: California
Quarterly analysis of core economic indicators provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
National Bureau of Economic Research: (USC network connection required)
Includes economic and financial analysis white papers of the U.S. economy.
Economic Policy Institute
Provides analysis of income, price, employment and other economic data released by the U.S. government. Also includes the Datazone, a collection of economic data which can be downloaded into spreadsheets. Some data has been crunched using SAS.
Economic Literacy Project
Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
If you do not find the statistics you need with the above sources, think about which government agencies are involved with the topic. Then explore their websites.
- Bureau of the Census
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Department of Commerce
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Reserve System
- Federal Trade Commission
- Internal Revenue Service
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- United States Treasury Department
These metasites can help you find additional material.
- Comprehensive Economics: statistical resources on the internet compiled by the University of Michigan.
- Yahoo! Business and Economy
Salaries and Compensation
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Wages
Provides national, regional, state and MSA compensation data for a variety of occupations.
- Employment, Hours & Earnings: States & Areas, 2005 (Business Reference HD5723 .A26 2005)
- WageWeb: Salary Survey Data Online
Provides national compensation data from more than 150 benchmark positions.