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Hampton Roads Regional Benchmarking Study 2014

Latest annual study of the region’s 16 jurisdictions with locality profiles and regional benchmarks covering the economy, demographics, housing, transportation, and various quality of life indicators.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2014 Annual Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Focuses on exports and imports of electronic services, especially audiovisual, computer, and telecommunications services.  Discusses current trade trends and the outlook for the future

From the International Trade Commission


Labor Force Participation: Recent Developments and Future Prospects

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Population/Census

Examines the reasons for the continuing decline in the percentage of the population not participating in the labor force.  From the Federal Reserve Board


The State of Broadband 2014: Broadband for All

Categories: Business/Economics,Education,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

Describes the penetration of broadband access to the Internet and its application for sustainable development and education.  Estimates that 40% of the world population will be online by the end of 2014.  From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


2013 Interchange Fee Revenue, Covered Issuer Costs, and Covered Issuer and Merchant Fraud Losses Related to Debit Card Transactions

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Summary information on the volume, value, and fraud losses related to debit card transactions in 2013.  From the Federal Reserve


Economic Growth Widespread Across Metropolitan Areas in 2013: Advance 2013 and Revised 2001-2012 GDP by Metropolitan Area Statistics

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Statistics

Real GDP increased in 292 of the U.S.’s 381 metropolitan areas in 2013 with leading sectors in finance, insurance, real estate, nondurable goods manufacturing, and professional/business services.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

Describes what trade secrets are, why they are valuable, how they differ from patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and why legislation has been introduced to strengthen the federal role in protecting trade secrets.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 2

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides information on the value of U.S. digital trade and the potential growth of this trade and the contributions of digital trade to the U.S. economy.  Includes a survey of U.S. firms in industries particularly involved in digital trade.  From the United States International Trade Commission


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