BEA Releases First Official Release of Gross Domestic Product by County

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 2,375 counties, decreased in 717, and was unchanged in 21 in 2018, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The percentage change in real GDP ranged from 86.5 percent in Jackson County, WV, to -44.0 percent in Grant County, ND. GDP is the value of goods and services produced within a county. The size of a...

Holiday Fire Safety: Watering Your Christmas Tree Reduces Fire Hazard

Every year in the U.S., fire departments respond to an estimated 210 home fires involving Christmas trees. Even though Christmas tree fires are infrequent, when they occur, they can be dangerous and costly. These fires cause an annual average of 6 civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $16.2 million in property damage. The good news is that by keeping your Christmas tree watered, you can enjoy...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on USMCA Developments

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement upon the announcement of a deal between the White House and House of Representatives on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: “Thanks to the steadfast leadership of the President, passage of the USMCA continues to gain momentum, as leaders from Canada, Mexico, and our own congressional members have all now voiced...

USPTO Recognizes Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners and Inventors

December 10 is Nobel Prize Day, the day on which Nobel Prize laureates are awarded their medals by the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. On behalf of the USPTO, I congratulate this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino. These inventors have made valuable contributions in the field of electro-chemistry, leading to the...

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam, finding that exporters from these countries received countervailable subsidies at rates of 1.09 percent, 20.29 percent, and 2.43 percent, respectively. As a result of today’s decisions...

4th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting


Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined Advisor to the President IvankaTrump in hosting the 4th meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Indiana Women's Prison to highlight a workforce development program called “The Last Mile,” which teaches inmates coding skills.

“This is a very important initiative, not only from a workforce development point of view but

Remarks by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the 4th Meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Indiana Women's Prison

As we learned this morning, re-entry programs like The Last Mile should be replicated in every state in the country, particularly since there are 7 million jobs that remain vacant and need to be filled. Yet, even more important, is the need to create fulfilling career paths for the 2.3 million people locked up in state, local, and federal prisons and jails. Second-chance reentry and employment...

U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping and Countervailable Subsidization of Imports of Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey, finding that exporters from this country have sold dried tart cherries at less than fair value in the United States at rates ranging from 541.29 percent to 648.35 percent. In addition, the...