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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

Categories: Business/Economics,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Offers information on hundreds of occupations by 25 broad groups including duties, pay, educational and training requirements, and job outlook.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Global Trends: Paradox of Progress

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Foreign Affairs,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

Represents the U.S. intelligence community’s quadrennial assessment of the forces and choices shaping the world over the next two decades.  Main section lays out key trends, explores their implications, and offers three scenarios about how different choices and developments could play out in different ways over the next 20 years.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Cabinet Exit Memos: Our Record of Progress and the Work Ahead

A series of memos from members of the Obama cabinet summarizing accomplishments over the past eight years and offering a vision for the country’s future.  Includes a cover letter from the president.   From the White House


Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

Final report of a presidential commission charged with developing recommendations for strengthening cybersecurity in the public and private sectors.  Offers 16 recommendations built around six “major imperatives.”  From the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity


Economic Report of the President 2017

Also includes the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.  Sections on reforming the financial and health care systems, reducing inequality, investing in higher education, and responding to climate change.  Also includes statistical tables on the U.S. economy.  From the Federal Digital System of the Government Publishing Office


Census Bureau Releases 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures Data

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Statistics

Press release with links to individual statistical tables for General Statistics for Industry Groups and Industries, Value of Product Shipments and Geographic Area Statistics.  Notes that petroleum refineries experienced a 37.4% decrease in value of shipments from 2014 to 2015.  From the Census Bureau


Commercial Space Industry Launches a New Phase

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

The U.S. space industry is changing with a government shift toward the use of fixed price contracts for commercial services, new entrants with new launch products, and an increase in the use of smaller satellites.  Includes a section on policy issues for Congress in the wake of the changing space environment.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Has the U.S. Government Ever “Defaulted”?

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,History

Looks at the meaning of the financial term “default,” and at three historic time periods—1812, 1814, and 1979—when the government had major problems in meeting financial obligations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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