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Sources for Statistics
For more statistical sources, see the Statistics & Data page on the Economics guide.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. Be sure to check out their Publications
section for recent reports and lots of topical articles.
The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. In addition to the decennial census of the U.S. population, the Census Bureau also conducts major surveys such as the American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, Current Population Survey, Economic Census, and Census of Governments. To access a wealth of Census data, check out the American FactFinder
National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the nation's principal health statistics agency. NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve America's health. NCHS programs include the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Health Care Surveys, National Health Interview Survey, National Immunization Survey, National Survey of Family Growth, National Vital Statistics System, and Longitudinal Studies of Aging.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards. Their main statistical publications include the CMS Statistics Reference Booklet
, Medicare & Medicaid Statistical Supplement
, and the CMS Data Compendium