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Helping the American Worker Succeed in a Global Marketplace

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As we celebrate Labor Day, the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to express our appreciation for American workers and reiterate our commitment to helping Americans succeed in a global marketplace. We firmly believe that given a level playing field, American workers can help grow the economy and build a better future for all Americans. Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is the...

Personal Income and Real Consumer Spending Increased in July

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Personal income increased 0.4% in July after showing no change in June. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, increased 0.5 percent in July, the same increase as in June. Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, increased 0.3 percent in July after remaining unchanged in June. Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.2 percent...

Statement from Secretary Wilbur Ross on President Trump’s Tax Reform Plan

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"Once again President Trump is delivering on his promises. The president's tax plan will put more money in every working family's pocket, bring back cash that is trapped overseas, and help convince both American and foreign businesses to build their next plants here. It will unshackle American businesses, which are hobbled on the world stage by an oppressive corporate tax rate that is the highest...

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the initiation of new antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine whether imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada are being dumped in the United States and whether producers in Canada are receiving alleged unfair subsidies. “The United States is dedicated to free, fair, and reciprocal trade with...

Hurricane Harvey: Stay Safe with These NOAA and FEMA Resources

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Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to Texas and Louisiana this week. Please heed the advice of local emergency management officials and refer to your local weather forecast at www.weather.gov . Safety tips and resources: Check your local forecast for updates, and abide by instructions from local authorities to protect life and property Take preparation actions now, and be sure you know...

Increased Exports and Consumer Spending Lead to Economic Growth in Second Quarter

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Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was 0.4 percentage point more than the “advance” estimate released in July. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 1.2 percent. The second‐quarter increase in real GDP reflected increases in both consumer spending...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces the Postponement of the Final Determination in the AD and CVD Investigation of Imports of Softwood Lumber from Canada

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has postponed the final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada until no later than November 14, 2017. “I remain hopeful that we can reach a negotiated solution that satisfies the concerns of all parties,” said...

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determinations on Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations, finding that exporters of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia received countervailable subsidies of 50.29 to 64.17 percent and 41.06 to 68.28 percent, respectively. Commerce also determined that critical circumstances exist in the Argentina...