Federal Reserve System
The Federal Reserve System, often referred to as the Federal Reserve or simply “the Fed,” is the central bank of the United States. It was created by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system.
- Federal Reserve Beige Book
- Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
- Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
Bureau of Economic Analysis
The BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the nation’s economy.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of data about the nation’s people and economy.
Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce’s mission is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and stewardship.
Department of Labor
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States. The department administers a variety of federal labor laws, including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; and unemployment insurance and other income support.
Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. The report provides an overview of the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.
In the 2004 report, temporary employment is discussed on and around pages 71 and 94. It cites: “Statistical analysis suggests that an increase of one job in temporary-help services corresponds to a subsequent rise of seven jobs in overall employment.”
Small Business Administration
The mission of the SBA is to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting, and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.
Labor Shortages, Needs, and Related Issues in Small and Large Businesses, Part B: Contingent Workers in Small and Large Firms, by Joel Popkin and Co., Nov. 2, 1999
The White House
This is the official Web site for the executive branch of the U.S. government.