United States: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles


United States Country Monitor

Presents Analyses, Statistics, and Forecasts on the Economy. Includes information on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Real GDP, Consumer Prices, Foreign Trade, Official Exchange Rate, etc. Also provides Import and Export Statistics as well as the names of important government officials.

United States Country Profile

Provides quick access to country data points, trends and analysis.United States Country Review, published annually by CountryWatch, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

United States Economic Competitiveness

Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks. Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings. Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: United States Country Forecast

Published annually by PRS Group and includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five year forecasts based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political player as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation and environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces and the country’s history and geography.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development and science and innovation with approx 70 countries it has relationships with. Content vary country by country.


Finance, Trade & Commerce

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.


Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies. These indicators include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and others.

Economic Indicators


Prepared and published monthly by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Each issue includes the latest figures for Gross Domestic Product, employment and unemployment, wages, industrial production, consumer and producer prices, money supply, bank and consumer credit, federal finance, and U.S. international trade. This publication is also available in a print edition.

FITA: United States Country Profile


FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: United States


Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER ), globalEDGE contains country specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: United States


A Web resource evaluating the following areas:trade policy, fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking and finance, wages and prices, property rights, regulation, and black market.

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Published annually, this career guide describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. The Handbook is also available in a print edition.


Note: Press Display provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspaper’s from around the world in full-color and full-page format. To get a list of newspapers by country select the country from the sidebar.


Statistics & Government Resources

American FactFinder


This is the main U.S. Census Bureau web site for data  such as the latest decennial Census of Population and Housing for the United States. The Reference Maps section of American FactFinder may be used to generate detailed maps and to retrieve 2000 census data for states, counties, census blocks and tracts, and places in the United States. The site also uses data from the Economic Census, and annual data from the American Community Survey.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) web site contains data and information on labor, employment, and the economy. Statistical data series chronicle employment and unemployment, prices and living conditions, compensation and working conditions, and productivity. Issues of the BLS’ Monthly Labor Review are available online from 1981 to the present.

Business Statistics of the United States


Published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis until 1992 as a supplement to the Survey of Current Business , Business Statistics is a compendium of historical statistics on the U.S. economy. Since 1995 a new series based on similar government data has been published by a commercial publisher.

The Survey of Current Business is also available in print.

Pardee Reference HC101 .A131222
Library has: 1995 – present.
Pardee Reference HC101 .F21
Library has: 1986, 1988, 1963/91.

Federal Reserve Bank


The official Web site of the Federal Reserve Banks (central bank). Includes the following links: About the Fed, News and Events, Monetary Policy, Banking Information and Regulation, Payment Systems, Economic Research and Data, Consumer Information, Community Development, Reporting Forms, Publications and Education Resources and Career Opportunities.The full text of FRB publications is available, including working papers, surveys, reports, statistical series, and the Federal Reserve Bulletin .
Issues of the Federal Reserve Bulletin are also available in a print edition. Pardee HG2401 .F151
Library has: Current five years.
Pardee Microfilm HG2401 .F151
Library has: volume 1 (1915) – present.



This Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy web site provides access to statistics and information produced by agencies of the federal government. There is an A – Z subject listing of available statistics, and a search form that may be limited to particular agencies.



Maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS), FedWorld is an online locator service for information disseminated by the federal government both within the NTIS repository and through electronic bulletin boards. The Federal Job Announcement Database, U.S. Customs Traveler Information, Internal Revenue Service tax forms, instructions, and publications, and the U.S. Business Advisor are all available through this web site.



This is the U.S. federal government’s gateway to government information and services.

GPO Access


This is the U.S. Government Printing Office web site, providing access to many databases.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule

http://usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) describes all goods in trade, for duty, quota and statistical purposes.
Industry research using the economic census: how to find it, how to use it.
Pardee Reference HC101 . B594 2004

Note: Proquest Statistical Insight provides: Tables selected from hundreds of US government and business reports, from 1999 to the present. U.S. Federal statistical publications. Coverage from 1973. Full text from 2004. International statistical publications from the UN, EU, OECD, etc. Coverage from 1983. Full text from 2007. U.S. State government, business, and research institute statistical publications. Coverage from 1980. Full text from 2007. Statistical datasets from government and private sector sources.
National Center for Health Statistics


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site for health statistics. See FASTATS A-Z for an alphabetical subject guide to health statistics by topic and state. See Data Warehouse for links to many statistical tables and files, including the latest edition of Health, United States .
This latter title, an annual statistical compendium, is also available in a print edition.
Mugar Reference X RA407.3 .U57a
Library has: 1978 – present.

National Atlas of the United States


Part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s project to produce a new edition of the National Atlas of the United States , this web site makes available geographic, demographic, social, and political information for use in creating interactive and multimedia maps.
Mugar Memorial Library has the first edition of the National Atlas of the United States of America .
Also available in a print edition.
Mugar Reference X G1200 .F70

Statistical Abstract of the United States


This basic compendium of statistics on many different topics is compiled by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The Statistical Abstract includes primarily statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Statistical Abstract is published annually and, due to copyright issues, some of the statistical tables in the print edition are not available online.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Mugar Reference X HA202 .E78
Library has: 1908, 1915 – 1936, 1938 – present.
Pardee Reference HA202 .E78
Library has: 1995 – present.
Sci/Eng Reference HA202 .E78
Library has: Latest edition only.

United States Embassy’s World Wide


Provide a links to US embassy’s in the following regions: Africa, The Americas, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

U.S. Census Bureau


The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau web site provides social, demographic, and economic information from the federal government. Statistical reports and estimates are available for population, housing, income, and poverty in the United States.

U.S. Census Bureau Reference Maps


This U.S. Census Bureau web site may be used to generate detailed maps and to retrieve 2000 census data for states, counties, census blocks and tracts, and places in the United States. A Thematic Maps feature is also available as part of the American Factfinder web site.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Information on U.S. patents and trademarks. The bibliographic and full text patent databases cover the period from January 1, 1976 to the present. The trademark database makes available selected trademark information obtained from the Patent and Trademark Office’s internal trademark database.
Mugar Memorial Library also has a microfilm edition of the weekly Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patents .
Mugar Micro Mfilm T223A .E72
Library has: volume 1 (1872) – 882 no. 4 (January 1976).
Mugar Micro Mfilm T223 .A23
Library has: volume 883 (1971) – 930 no. 4 (January 1975), 931 (1975) – present.