Data & Statistics for Journalists: Economics & Business


Economics & Employment

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Reports the unemployment rate, wages, and consumer price index (CPI).

NYC Office of Financial Empowerment 
Provides access to research publications and press releases on debt management, investing, and personal banking.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Reports the economic accounts (GDP, etc.) for the United States

U.S. Government Data - Trade, commodities, and more

Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Dept. of Commerce / Census Bureau

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

  • FDIC Industry Analysis, with information on specific banks, analyses on the banking industry and economic trends.
  • FDIC Failed Bank List. List of failed financial institutions since October 2000, summaries, points of contact and historical statistics.

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)

The Federal Reserve

  • Consumer Credit data (Released Annually). Yearly, quarterly and monthly figures on outstanding credit balances, flow and changes; terms of credit; and interest rates, maturity, loan-to-value ratios and finance amounts.
  • Finance Companies data (Released Quarterly). Aggregate information on debt held, flows and changes. Includes loans for new and used cars, real estate and equipment, as well as other receivables.
  • Foreign Exchange Rates (Weekly Release). Weekly data on a range of major currencies as well as broad trends.
  • FRED Government Receipts, Expenditures, Investments. Includes expenditures for consumption-related items, transfers, investments and social benefits.
  • Money Stock Measures. Two years of monthly data on the supply of cash, deposits and checks outside of the private banking system (known as M1) and the sum of M1 plus savings and money-market accounts, retail money market mutual funds and CDs under $100,000 (known as M2).
  • FRED Treasury Interest Rates data. Daily, weekly and monthly data on Treasury bills, including four-week, three-month, and one-year. Both secondary-market and auction averages are available.
  • The St. Louise Fed’s FRED economic database offers more than 200,000 data series, including the consumer price index, real GDP and unemployment. FRED offers a wealth of interactive tools you can use to generate graphs of the data series of your choice.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

International Trade Commission (ITC)

  • Trade and Tariff data. Provides data on thousands of goods, from agricultural products to manufactured items. Includes annual value, tariff treatment and rate, and country-specific exceptions.

Department of Labor

Department of Treasury

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Social Security Administration (SSA)