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Secretary Pritzker: Commerce Department Helps Keep Alaska Open for Business

Thu, 2014-08-21 17:10

The Department of Commerce is focused on creating the
conditions for businesses to grow, hire, and strengthen the economy in all 50
states. This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is in Alaska to
showcase how the Department keeps the Last Frontier open for business.

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Chart of the Week: Auto Production at Its Highest Rate Since 2002

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:42

The American auto industry remains a cornerstone of our economy -- a key source of our ability to export, innovate, and create jobs. During the economic turmoil of the Great Recession, the auto sector shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, and production dropped to the lowest level recorded in data going back to the 1960s. In 2009, President Obama took decisive action to rescue the industry from imminent collapse, saving more than 1 million jobs across the country.

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Ask the SBA Administrator: Join the Live Google Hangout-On-Air for Business Tips

Thu, 2014-08-21 00:00

Looking for tips on how to start or grow a business? Gain insight...

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Carryovers of Unused Tax Breaks: Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Thu, 2014-08-21 00:00

New taxpayers, such as recent graduates who’ve just entered the job market, probably have a clean tax slate. But seasoned taxpayers have a history that can impact their taxes going forward. Due to...

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Vice President Biden Congratulates Winners of National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Wed, 2014-08-20 15:40

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the 2014 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Champions from the University of Central Florida, in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., August 19, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama: James Foley's Life "Stands in Stark Contrast to His Killers"

Wed, 2014-08-20 14:16

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This afternoon, the President made a statement on the killing of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. He was 40 years old.
"The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley," President Obama said. "Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away."

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The Attorney General's Message to the People of Ferguson

Wed, 2014-08-20 11:47

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Missouri today to review the Department of Justice's ongoing independent investigation into the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Attorney General Holder pledged to help find justice for a community that is rightfully hurting and looking for answers: 

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Day One: Mikey Dickerson, U.S. Digital Service Administrator

Wed, 2014-08-20 10:49

Ever wondered what a first day as a new employee at the White House looks like?
What about a first day as the very first employee of a brand-new government service designed to remake the way people and businesses interact with their government online?
From parking forms to press conferences, from orientation to setting a new BlackBerry password to meeting with senior advisors, follow along as Mikey Dickerson, Administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service, makes his way through Day One.
Take a look, and then pass this one on.

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Quarterly Gross Domestic Product by State, 2005–2013 (Prototype Statistics)

Wed, 2014-08-20 10:27

Cross Post: Bureau of Economic AnalysisThe quarterly GDP by state prototype statistics for 2005-2013 provide a more complete picture of economic growth across states as they evolve from quarter to quarter. The quarterly GDP by state statistics are released for 21 industry sectors and are released in both current dollars and inflation-adjusted chained (2009) dollars. Nondurable-goods manufacturing was the largest contributor to U.S. real GDP by state growth in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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A Day in the Life: Austraberta from Houston

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:37

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at

Meet Austraberta.

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