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Economics and Business: Data & Statistics

General Data Sources

  Consider which government, agency or organization might collect data on your topic.
  Also consider the time period -- current or  historical -, and the format -- table to print or data to download.    

Statistical Abstract of the United States


Business Statistics of the United States by Courtenay M. Slater

U.S. Data Sources

data numbers


Federal Reserve

  • ALFRED (ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data)
  • Chicago Fed National Activity Index - a "85 existing monthly indicators of national economic activity ... in 4 catagories:
       production and income;
       employment, unemployment, and hours;
       personal consumption and housing;
       and sales, orders, and inventories."
    Data from a precursor are available at this site.
  • Fed In Print - Federal Reserve Economic Research
  • Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED II) - time-series data for variables such as
     monetary aggregates, interest rates, exchange rates, banking, GDP, and consumer prices;
    1950's onwards with some prior to WWII

Helpful Links


Don't forget to cite your data sources.

APA Style Manual - ONline Data Sets

Point readers to raw data by providing a Web address (use "Retrieved from") or a general place that houses data sets on the site (use "Available from").

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Indiana income limits [Data file]. Retrieved from