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Fact Sheet: What they are Saying: The Department of Commerce Spearheads a New Approach to Consumer Privacy

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SPEARHEADS A NEW APPROACH TO CONSUMER PRIVACY On September 26, 2018, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration launched an effort to find a new approach to the privacy and protection of consumer data, establishing America’s leadership in innovation and technology on the world stage. Computer &...

Digital Trade in North America

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As internet access and reliance grows, so does the potential for digital cross-border trade. Building on other work from the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), this report, which serves to inform policymakers, business leaders and others, summarizes estimates of U.S. digital trade with Canada and Mexico. We cannot definitively...

Women in STEM: 2017 Update

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In March, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) released the first in a series of reports updating and expanding our previous work examining the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. That first report, "STEM Jobs: 2017 Update," provided an overview of STEM workers and their earning power. This second report provides a more detailed look at the gender dynamics of the STEM...

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

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The United States remains an attractive foreign direct investment (FDI) destination for a variety of reasons, including its large consumer base, a productive workforce, a business environment that encourages innovation and its legal protections. As a result, foreign firms make investments in the United States on a regular basis by establishing new operations, purchasing existing operations of...

The Employment Impact of Autonomous Vehicles

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The expected introduction of autonomous, or “self-driving,” vehicles (AVs) promises to have a potentially profound impact on labor demand. This paper explores this potential effect by identifying the occupations most likely to be directly affected by the business adoption of autonomous vehicles. In 2015, 15.5 million U.S. workers were employed in occupations that could be affected (to varying...

New Insights on Retail E-Commerce

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The U.S. Census Bureau has been collecting data on retail sales since the 1950s and data on e-commerce retail sales since 1998. As the internet has become ubiquitous, many retailers have created websites and even entire divisions devoted to fulfilling online orders. Many consumers have turned to e-commerce as a matter of convenience or to increase the variety of goods available to them. Whatever...

Final Amendments to Mexican Sugar Suspension Agreements: Fact Sheet

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The Key Elements of the Deal The Department of Commerce and the Government of Mexico and the Mexican sugar industry have reached agreement on final amendments to the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) suspension agreements on sugar from Mexico. The Department finalized these amendments after careful consideration of the comments received from interested parties and other...

FACT SHEET: Initial Actions of the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan

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Following one more round of technical consultations between the United States and China, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards and consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement, beginning as soon as possible but no later than July 16, 2017. The United States and China are to resolve outstanding...