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Business and Economics Statistics
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  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Authentication Required
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets Authentication Required
    Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

    Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.
  • FedStats
    More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
  • FRED II - Federal Reserve Economic Data
    FRED II provides historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments and regional economic data (for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee).
  • Global Financial Data Authentication Required
    The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

    Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
International Economic Statistics
  • IFS Online Authentication Required
    IFS (International Financial Statistics) Online provides statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance from 1948-. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts. A user guide is located at http://elibrary-data.imf.org/Help.aspx.
  • Global Financial Data Authentication Required
    The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

    Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

  • Laborsta
    LABORSTA provides free access to yearly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer price indices, occupational injuries, strikes and lockouts from 1969-2000; monthly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, consumer price indices from 1976-2002 and "October Inquiry" statistics of wages and hours of work in 159 occupations from 1983-2000 and retail prices of 93 food items from 1985-2000.
  • OECD iLibrary Authentication Required
    OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.
  • UNdata
    This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. It replaces the older database "UN Common Database" which will be discontinued in mid-2008.
  • WDI Online
    WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.
US Census Information
  • American FactFinder2
    American FactFinder 2 is a search engine that provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau. American FactFinder 2 can be used to retrieve data from the 2000 and 2010 Census, American Community Surveys (ACS), Population Estimates and the Economic Census and Surveys.
Economic Time Series and Data Sets
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    BEA's national, regional, and international economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the Nation's position in the world economy. Access to their statistics and the data used to derive the statistics comes in multiple forms, from static tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis.
    --The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) makes its Gross State Product, Regional Economic Information System (REIS), and foreign direct investment data available on its Web site. You can also use this site to access BEA's national income account data and its publication of record, the Survey of Current Business.
  • Data on the Net
    Search or browse the listing of Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more.
  • ECONData
    This Web site is a starting point for locating guides to regional economic activity. It provides 1,000 links to socioeconomic data sources, arranged by subject and provider and pointers to the Web's best data collections.
  • Economagic.com
    A site featuring free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research and economic forecasting. There are over 100,000 data sets. Some examples: Federal Reserve data, Bureau of Economic Analysis data, stock price indexes, state statistics.
  • EconStats
    EconStats is a concise presentation of economic data and news from countries around the world. The data for EconStats is collected from a variety of sources, including government statistical agencies, private research organizations and investment banks. They also have an archived chat file on the page.
  • FRED II - Federal Reserve Economic Data
    FRED II provides historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments and regional economic data (for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee).
    • FRASER
      The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) is compiled by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This site provides access to historical economic statistics and data including economic indicators, banking and monetary statistics, business conditions, productivity, costs, and other time series.
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    Located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. ICPSR provides: Access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. Training facilities for the study of quantitative social analysis techniques.
  • TaxStats
    TaxStats from the Internal Revenue Service provide comprehensive statistical data. Use this source to find a wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.
  • WDI Online
    WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.
Minnesota Economic Statistics
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade, community development and tourism. The department employs all available state government resources to upgrade the skills of Minnesota's workforce, foster economic independence and self-sufficiency, increase nonresident and resident tourism revenue, and facilitate an economic environment that produces net new job growth in excess of the national average.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis offers analysis, papers, research and policy writing on a variety of economic topics that impact the Fed's Ninth District region and its overall economy. Resources available include the Regional Economic Outlook, Ninth District Economic Forecasts, Ninth District Data, Agricultural Credit Conditions, Manufacturing Surveys, Professional Service Firms Survey, Beige Book, and the Ninth District Summary.
Frequently Requested Statistics
  • How much is that?
    Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today.
Corporate Financials: Last 10 years of balance sheet, income statement, cash flow data
  • ORBIS Authentication Required
    Financial and directory information for 50 million companies worldwide. Includes private and public companies in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America.
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    Profiles of public corporations around the world that includes summaries, company histories, property, financials, subsdiaries, joint ventures, long term, press release and annual reports. Pdf images of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US and foreign corporations are available going back to 1996. Access to SEC filings via EDGAR database are also included in Mergent Online.

    Find an Annual Report to Shareholders using Mergent.

Stock Prices -- Historical
  • Global Financial Data Authentication Required
    The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

    Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

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