December 5, 2020

For Developers: U.S. Census Updates API With Economic Indicator Time Series Data

From the U.S. Census Bureau:

The U.S. Census Bureau updated its application programming interface today with monthly and quarterly economic indicators. The API allows more access and easier customization of data products.

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The Census Bureau’s economic indicator surveys provide monthly and quarterly statistics that are timely, reliable and offer comprehensive measures of the U.S. economy. These surveys produce a variety of statistics covering construction, housing, international trade, retail trade, wholesale trade, services and manufacturing, and they provide measures of economic activity that allow analysis of economic performance and inform business investment and policy decisions. Also listed as part of the release are statistics from the Quarterly Summary of State and Local Taxes, Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions and the Manufactured Homes Survey.

“The economic indicator surveys are some of our most frequently used and sought after data products,” said Bill Bostic, the Census Bureau’s associate director for economic programs. “Today’s update of the API with the indicators will help others develop powerful content and analysis of key economic data that frequently affect the market.”

For the latest findings and more information on the monthly and quarterly indicators, including important notes on estimation and sampling variance, seasonal adjustment, measures of sampling variability and other information pertinent to the economic indicators, visit the individual programs’ Web pages linked from the Economic Briefing Room.

Direct to API Documentation Including Economic Indicator Time Series Info

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