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Questions to Consider
When looking for statistics, ask yourself these questions:
- Who/what would collect statistics on my topic?
Governments tend to collect many kinds of statistics as do news organizations, polling places, institutes, think tanks and researchers also collect data.
- How would statistics on my topic be made public?
You can find statistics in a number of places, both in print and online. Not every statistic is publicly available, however.
- What possible barriers might prevent me from finding statistics on my topic?
Statistics for your topic might not be public or available in a neat package. There might be language barriers. Data may simply not have been collected on your topic.
Business & Economy Statistics
American Cost of Living Survey - Ref HD 6983 .A67
Provides prices of a variety of goods and services including child care, groceries, housing and taxes for selected major cities in each U.S. state.
Business Rankings Annual - Ref HG 4050 .B88
A compilation of rankings from the business press, emphasizing the ranking of companies within given industries.
Business Source Premier
This business research database contains industry and company profiles, market research reports, and academic journals, magazine, and trade publications. Access provided by eLibraryMN (ELM).
Foreign Trade Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau trade statistics.
International Trade and Tariff Data
From the World Trade Organization.
Market Share Reporter - Ref HF 5415 .M323 2014
A compilation of data extracted from periodical articles on top brands in given retail categories, top manufacturers and the largest companies in various sectors.
Minnesota State Demographic Center (SDC)
The Minnesota State Demographic Center (SDC), part of the Minnesota Department of Administration, is the main provider of demographic data and analysis for the state of Minnesota.
Use the Community Profiles link to access demographic reports, business climate data, livibility information, and labor/workforce statistics for cities and regions in Minnesota. (From the MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Offers statistics on consumer price, employment, wages, inflation, productivity, the U.S. economy, etc. This is a gold mine of current statistical data and reports covering consumer spending, employment, wages, productivity, occupations, international trade, and industries. Also shows "The U.S. Economy at a Glance."
U.S. Census Bureau
The source for statistical data collected by the United States government on the U.S. population. Browse or search by topic or click "QuickFacts" for state and county profiles.
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