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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 09, 2012

Census Bureau Releases Its First Mobile App Providing Real-Time Statistics on U.S. Economy

Release Number CB12-149
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The America's Economy app has been developed as part of the Census Bureau's Web Transformation Project and fulfills a key goal of President Obama's recently announced Digital Strategy to provide federal employees and the general public with greater access to government information and services. The creation of this app is also consistent with the Census Bureau's longtime mission of providing accurate statistics about the nation's growth and changes using 21st century technology to make that information available more quickly and easily.

"The America's Economy app will empower anyone needing information about the U.S. economy with timely statistics right on their mobile devices," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "The release of this app is an example of our commitment to giving taxpayers faster and easier access to the statistics we produce, including the Economic Census, that impact the lives of all Americans."

The following 16 key economic indicators will be available as part of the initial release of the app:

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The America's Economy app has been developed as part of the Census Bureau's Web Transformation Project and fulfills a key goal of President Obama's recently announced Digital Strategy to provide federal employees and the general public with greater access to government information and services. The creation of this app is also consistent with the Census Bureau's longtime mission of providing accurate statistics about the nation's growth and changes using 21st century technology to make that information available more quickly and easily.

"The America's Economy app will empower anyone needing information about the U.S. economy with timely statistics right on their mobile devices," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "The release of this app is an example of our commitment to giving taxpayers faster and easier access to the statistics we produce, including the Economic Census, that impact the lives of all Americans."

The following 16 key economic indicators will be available as part of the initial release of the app:


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Census Bureau

  • Advance Monthly Retail Sales
  • New Residential Construction
  • New Residential Sales
  • Construction Spending
  • International Trade
  • Advance Report Durable Goods
  • Business Inventories
  • Manufacturers' Goods
  • Monthly Wholesale
  • Homeownership Rate
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • QFR - Retail Trade
  • QFR - Manufacturing

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Personal Income and Outlays

Component ID: #ti559112320

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Unemployment Rate

Users will be able to set alerts to receive notifications when economic indicators are updated. They can also add statistical release schedules to their personal calendars. When each indicator is released, users can also share the news on both Facebook and Twitter.

America's Economy is available now for Android users and is expected be available for Apple smartphone and tablet users in the Apple App Store in the coming weeks. America's Economy is the first of three planned apps from the Census Bureau that will be made available over the next several months. Each app will be available for Apple and Android smartphones.

To learn more about the economic data the Census Bureau produces, visit: www.census.gov/topics/economy.html. To learn more about the economic data the Bureau of Economic Analysis produces, visit: bea.gov. To learn more about the economic data the Bureau of Labor Statistics produces, visit: www.bls.gov.

America's Economy App: Main Screen


About Screen


Settings and Alerts Screen


New Residential Sales Screen


Release Schedule Screen

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pio@census.gov

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