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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Freight Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/FF%26F_complete.pdf

Covers the volume and value of freight flows in the U.S., the condition and performance of the freight network, and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

 

Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/PTFF%202016_full.pdf

Covers characteristics and trends of personal travel in the U.S., the network over which such travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Implications for U.S. National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Reports%20and%20Pubs/NIC_White_Paper_Climate_Change.pdf

Discusses threats to national security from global warming in the near term, over the next five, years, and over the next twenty years.  Among the threats covered: severe weather, adverse effects on food prices and availability, increased risks to human health, negative impacts on investments and economic competitiveness, and sea level rise.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

U.S. R&D Increased by More Than $20 Billion in Both 2013 and 2014, with Similar Increase Estimated for 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16316/nsf16316.pdf

Research and development in the U.S. totaled $477.7 billion in 2014. Offers 4 tables which cover R&D expenditures by performing sector and source of funding, annual rates of growth in R&D spending from 1980s, 2014 expenditures by type of work, and the same topic from the 1970s to date. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People: Developments in the Economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Categories: Arab,Business/Economics,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Urban Issues

http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/app2016d1_en.pdf

Describes bleak economic conditions in the Palestinian territories despite efforts to provide aid through the United Nations.  From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

2014 Business Dynamics Statistics

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-tps130.html

Announces availability of latest statistics on firm and establishment characteristics.  Provides links to data sets.  From the Census Bureau

 

Nearly 1 in 10 Businesses With Employees Are New, According to Inaugural Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

http://census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-148.html

Press release with detailed explanation of new survey which covers new businesses and their receipts, payroll and employment at the national, state, and leading metro areas levels.  Finds that of the nearly 482,000 U.S. firms with employees, 8.9% had been in business for less than two years in 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

Small Business: Access to Capital and Job Creation

Categories: Business/Economics,Taxes

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40985.pdf

Examines the debate about how best to assist small businesses:  through loans and other programs promoting access to capital or by business tax reductions and other methods of federal fiscal restraint.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

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