The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) is one of the primary economic arms of the American government. Our mission is to serve the American public by measuring and analyzing the nation’s rapidly changing economic and social arrangements. We do that by informing policy makers about opportunities to improve the well-being of Americans, such as initiatives that put Americans back to work.
ESA helps with the understanding of the key forces at work in the economy by providing objective data that enable sound policymaking. Our mission is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity, by providing information that supports innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and an informed society.
Leveraging a treasure trove of economic and demographic data, we provide expert economic analysis -- in-depth reports, shorter fact sheets, and briefings. Policymakers, the public, American businesses – the many and varied customers of the Commerce Department rely upon these tools, as do state and local governments and our sister agencies here at DoC. Our economic indicators drive news around the world.
In addition to regular economic statistical updates, we produce reports on important topics of the day. Recent reports have included a three-part series on jobs of the future: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the quality and promise those fields have for America as a global leader in technology and innovation. We have reported on the status of the middle class in America, women-owned businesses, broadband access in the U.S., and the “green” economy.