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The Census Bureau updated and released its free and popular America’s Economy app this week. The app now includes even more information on the status of the economy.

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Buying American-Made Holiday Gifts Could Create Jobs

This holiday season, if you buy some of your presents labeled “Made in America”, rather than made elsewhere around the world, you could be helping create thousands of jobs here at home.

According to a report by ABC World News, the average American will spend $700 on gifts this holiday season. If $64 of that $700 was spent on something made in America, 200,000 jobs would be created.

This map of the United States can help you find American products that are made near you.

For more on buying American, read one business owner’s story about keeping industry alive in America.

From the Department of Commerce:
The employment report for March 2011 provides excellent news: private payrolls grew by well over 200,000 for the second consecutive month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.8%. Additionally, nonfarm employment was revised upward by 5,000 in January and by 2,000 in February. The widespread job gains in March add to other positive signs about the labor market, including the continued drop in new claims for unemployment insurance. Overall, this month’s report is a very good one that signals ongoing job growth.
Read more details on employment report from the Department of Commerce’s Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank.
Image description: Chart showing employment rates from 2007 to 2011.

From the Department of Commerce:

The employment report for March 2011 provides excellent news: private payrolls grew by well over 200,000 for the second consecutive month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.8%. Additionally, nonfarm employment was revised upward by 5,000 in January and by 2,000 in February. The widespread job gains in March add to other positive signs about the labor market, including the continued drop in new claims for unemployment insurance. Overall, this month’s report is a very good one that signals ongoing job growth.

Read more details on employment report from the Department of Commerce’s Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank.


Image description: Chart showing employment rates from 2007 to 2011.