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Be Prepared and Stay Safe During Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall to parts of the Caribbean – including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – as well as the Florida Keys, portions of Southern Florida and the Florida Peninsula. Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the September 9 – 10 weekend. Take preparation actions now,...

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...

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...

Dream to Reality – Helping Inventors Patent New Technologies

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Small businesses and independent inventors both serve a vital role in our nation’s economy. And, helping those with limited resources is an important goal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses interested in securing patent protection for their...

Helping Americans Reach their Potential through Expanded Apprenticeships

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In connection with American Dream Week (July 31 – August 4, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight the important role Commerce agencies play in creating jobs and economic opportunities in American communities across the nation. “America’s capabilities are limitless and America’s workers are unmatched” – President Donald J. Trump President Trump is committed to increasing...

EDA’s Revolving Loan Program: Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve the American Dream of Business Ownership

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In connection with American Dream Week (July 31 – August 4, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight the important role Commerce agencies play in creating jobs and economic opportunities in American communities across the nation. Obtaining the capital needed to start or grow a business can often be an impediment to entrepreneurs looking to achieve the American Dream of business...