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Social and Economic Factors
Bureau of Labor Statistics Economy at a Glance
National, regional, state, and metropolitan-area data on unemployment rates, average hourly earnings, consumer price index, and producer price index.
Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Index
From the web site: "The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch."
Economic Indicators: U.S. Census Bureau
At a glance view 15 economic indicators, including industry profits, construction spending, and durable goods manufacturing. Select chart icon (shown at left) to view all data in time series.
Gallup Poll Reports
Reports of Gallup polls on these categories: Economy, Education, Politics, and Well-Being. Also reports related to business topics such as Employee/Customer Engagement, Manufacturing, Marketplace, and Retail. The link goes to Well-Being reports.
Ipsos "Latest [US] Research Data and Reports"
Reports on US consumers from a multinational market research and consulting firm.
Pew Research Center: Economics and Personal Finances
From the web site: "Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions."
State of Working America
"Includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy’s effect on the living standards of working Americans."
Improve your understanding of the industry macro-environment
by searching these databases for industry publications:
Business Source Premier This link opens in a new window
Business journals and magazines, as well as company, industry, country, and market research reports. Some full text. 1922-
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Full text of newspapers and other news sources, as well as business & legal information. Restricted to UP students, faculty and staff.
Deloitte Technology Trends Report
"Outlines trends that could potentially disrupt the way businesses engage their customers, how work gets done, and how markets and industries evolve."
"Gartner is the IT professional's best first source for addressing virtually any IT issue because of our world-class, objective insight, the rapid access to that insight, and the low cost compared to the impact and other alternatives." Account required to view free research reports.
McKinsey & Company
The "Industries" tab provides access to "Insights" reports, articles etc. on trends within an industry.
UPS "Pulse of the Online Shopper"
The study explores the online shopping experience, mobile and social technology in shopping and more. Sign up for free account to view the report.
Trade Associations, Political and Legal Initiatives
Lobbyists represent trade associations in Congress and try to influence legislation. You can learn about the legislative issues that trade associations are concerned about by reading the lobbyists' quarterly activity reports which are archived at this site.
These databases provide lists of trade associations:
Another way to locate trade associations is to search the Internet and enter your industry name followed by the word "association," e.g., ["video games" association].
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