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Economics: Primary Source Material

Primary Source Material

Key economic indicators.

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Income, output, savings, investment, balance of payments, etc. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Tables with National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA), Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and components, associated international and regional data. For more usable formats for statistical work, see FRED and many of the Secondary Sources.
Employment, prices, productivity Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment, labor force, unemployment, Consumer Price Index (CPI) and producer price index (PPI), productivity, regional components, and much more. Specific series can be selected relatively easily for use. See also:Economy at a Glance (BLS) in Secondary Sources below.
Government budget, spending, revenue Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Current Federal spending, revenue, budget, and projections as prepared by the Congress. Table format.
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Current Federal spending, revenue, budget, and projections as prepared by the White House. Worksheet formats are downloadable. Selection of simple definitions and explanations of these data.
Money supply, interest rates Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), St. Louis Fed Monetary aggregates, interest rates, commercial bank data, exchange rates; plus collected employment, fiscal, price data; GDP, balance of payments; regional data; and more. Data in download, usable formats. Daily and monthly data where available. Many series go back through the 1960s; a few go as far back as the early 1900s. Hundreds of series.
Federal Reserve Releases Daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly current releases of interest rates and monetary aggregates in table format.
New York Fed's Statistics and Data Exchange rates, monetary aggregates, interest rates, and more.
Historical Data NBER's Macro-Historical Database Pre-WWI and Interwar data from the U.S. plus some from the U.K., France, and Germany. Income, employment, price data, money supplies, interest rates, stocks, savings, investment, government budget and finance, foreign trade, and more. Each series in ASCII format, usable in statistical packages. See also the NBER's business cycle reference dates in table format.
Statistical Abstract of the United States Census Bureau book in full, in pdf files. Population, state, local, federal government data, historical data, charts, and more. Table format.
Population Census Bureau Regional census data in table format; charts, maps. Promises of more to come.
Consumer Surveys Surveys of Consumers, U. of Michigan Survey of consumer expectations. Monthly and quarterly data, selectable table formats.