First Census mobile app goes live

America’s Economy

The U.S. Census Bureau released its first mobile application, “America’s Economy,” on Thursday.

The app will provide constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy, including monthly economic indicators, trends and a schedule of upcoming announcements.

The app, which is currently available for Android mobile device users and will soon be available on iOS, combines statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.


“The America’s Economy app will empower anyone needing information about the U.S. economy with timely statistics right on their mobile devices,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “The release of this app is an example of our commitment to giving taxpayers faster and easier access to the statistics we produce, including the Economic Census, that impact the lives of all Americans.”

The America’s Economy app was developed as part of the Census Bureau’s Web Transformation Project and fulfills a key goal of President Obama’s recently announced digital strategy to provide federal employees and the general public with greater access to government information and services.

The following 16 key economic indicators will be available as part of the initial release of the app:

Census Bureau:

  • Advance Monthly Retail Sales
  • New Residential Construction
  • New Residential Sales
  • Construction Spending
  • International Trade
  • Advance Report Durable Goods
  • Business Inventories
  • Manufacturers’ Goods
  • Monthly Wholesale
  • Homeownership Rate
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • QFR – Retail Trade
  • QFR – Manufacturing

Bureau of Economic Analysis:

  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Personal Income and Outlays

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Unemployment Rate

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