Brookings MetroMonitor

The Brookings MetroMonitor is an interactive barometer of the health of America’s metropolitan economies that looks “beneath the hood” of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan trajectories of recession and recovery across the country. Released on a quarterly basis, this data tool aims to enhance understanding of the particular places and industries that drive national economic trends, and to promote public and private sector responses to the downturn that take into account metropolitan areas’ unique starting points for eventual recovery.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)’s Regional Economic Accounts

BEA’s regional economic accounts provides a geographic distribution of U.S. economic activity and growth, estimating gross domestic product by state and state and local area personal income as well as the accompanying detail. The website provides a consistent framework for analyzing and comparing individual state and local area economies.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Location Quotient Calculator

The Location Quotient Calculator is a tool on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website that creates, on demand, tables of private sector employment data, by industry, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The calculator allows the ready comparison of relative employment levels in the United States, states, counties, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Census’ Quarterly Workforce Indicators

The Census Bureau produces thirty labor force indicators, eight of which are published in Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) Online, including total employment, measures of change such as job flow, new hires, and separations, and average earnings. QWI Online provides detailed demographics, detailed geography and state totals, ownership information – private only or all ownership categories, NAICS sector, 3- and 4-digit industries, 4-quarter rolling averages, recent and historical data.

Census OnTheMap for Emergency Management

OnTheMap provides access to detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports for current natural hazard and emergency related events. This interactive map allows you to select areas affected by a natural hazard or emergency related events and display detailed census data including, but not limited to, work force numbers, work force flow, and population data.

Coastal County Snapshots

Coastal County Snapshots compiles complicated data into easy to read reports for coastal and Great Lake adjacent counties. The snapshots help communities become more resilient to coastal hazards. Local officials can use the snapshots as a planning tool to assess their county’s resilience to flooding and understand the benefits provided by natural resources.

County Business Patterns (CBP)

CBP is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry, which is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.

Use the catalog to access U.S. Federal Executive Branch datasets. This website offers data in three ways: through the “raw” data catalog, using tools and through the geodata catalog. The “Raw” Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets while the Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks which may lead to agency tools or agency web pages that allow you to mine datasets.

Disaster Recovery Center – Finding Locations

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for the nearest Disaster Recovery Center based on street address or zip code. The site also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions to the DRC.

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)

D&B is a global commercial database providing commercial information and insight on businesses with more than 177 million business records.

ESRI Mapping For Everyone

Create your own interactive web map online using ESRI’s free mapping services. ESRI mapping tools & tutorials make it easy for everyone to use geographic information systems (GIS) to create maps, share and use them to make better decisions.

Georgia Statistics System Shift-Share Employment Analysis

This website will deliver a shift-share analysis of year-to-year changes in employment among 11 major industry categories using the database in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Employment and Wages for the years 1990 through 2009.

Google Crisis Response Maps

Google provides interactive maps for before and after a major incident. Google provides resources and data overlaid on Google Maps allowing users to find information for a desired location or region. Examples of resources provided before an incident include, but are not limited to, storm paths, shelter information, evacuation routes, and emergency numbers. Post storm information can include, but not limited to, power outage reports, damage assessments, operating fuel and grocery locations, and FEMA disaster declared areas.

Innovation in America Regions

The Innovation Project includes new tools developed to support strategic economic development planning in rural regions. The project’s data and tools, however, can be used equally well in any type of region—urban, exurban, metropolitan or custom-based depending upon need and purpose. The website includes:

  • An Innovation Index reflecting a region’s innovation activity and capacity, together with an interactive database containing the index and its component indicators for every county in the nation.
  • Data on 15 knowledge-based occupation clusters and 17 industry clusters, also contained in this interactive database.
  • Analytical tools to help regional planners evaluate public investment decisions in support of economic growth.

Interactive Migration Map by Forbes

Using data from the Internal Revenue Service, recently launched an interactive mapping tool illustrating residential migrating patterns around the country. The website shows real-time interaction with the mapping tool.

IRS Migration Data

The IRS provides a migration dat0 tool for the United States based on year-to-year address changes reported on individual income tax returns filed with the IRS. Data from 2005 to the present can be downloaded for free, while historical information from 1991 to 2004 can be obtained for a fee.


Moody’s Analytics is a trusted independent provider of economic analysis, data, and forecasting on national and regional economies and credit risk management. The site tracks and analyzes trends in consumer credit and spending, output and income, mortgage activity, population, central bank behavior, and prices.

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network

The Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) is a project of SSTI funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to establish and support a virtual nationwide community of nonprofit Venture Development Organizations (VDOs). A VDO is a business-driven, public or nonprofit organization that promotes regional growth by providing a flexible portfolio of services, including: assisting in the creation of high-growth companies; providing expert business assistance to those companies; facilitating or making direct financial investments; and, speeding the commercialization of technology.


TECH-Net is an electronic gateway of technology information and resources for and about small high tech businesses. It is a search engine for researchers, scientists, state, federal and local government officials, a marketing tool for small firms and a potential “link” to investment opportunities for investors and other sources of capital.

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)’s EDGAR

The SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (EDGAR) performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Its primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency.

STATS America

Find information on demographic composition and workforce data for any of America’s 50 states or 3,141 counties from hundreds of data sets from a dozens of federal and state sources, along with some commercial or private source data. STATS America is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Triple Bottom Tool

The Triple Bottom Line Tool helps optimize investments for economic, environmental, and social impact – what's referred to as the triple bottom line or TBL. Investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers can use this tool to design economic development investments for maximum return, consider an economic development investment's impact on various factors, and compare or communicate impacts of investments. (YE) is an interactive resource center that allows users to explore economic activity in their own regions—and across the country. It provides detailed information about the performance of businesses from a national to a local perspective by following individual establishments who have a DUNS number. Funded by the Edward Lowe Foundation, YE depicts a dynamic journey of how business communities are evolving through time as opposed to traditional research and data sources that focus on a static moment.


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