United States Department of Commerce

United States Department of Commerce
Seal of the United States Department of Commerce
Agency overview
Formed February 14, 1903
Headquarters Herbert C. Hoover Building
1401 Constitution AvenueNW, Washington, D.C.

38°53′39.48″N 77°1′58.08″W / 38.8943°N 77.0328°W / 38.8943; -77.0328
Employees 43,880 (2011)[1]
Annual budget US$10.2 billion (2009)
US$14.2 billion (est. 2010)
US$9.3 billion (est. 2011)
Agency executive John Bryson, United States Secretary of Commerce

The United States Department of Commerce is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. It was originally created as the United States Department of Commerce and Labor on February 14, 1903. It was subsequently renamed to the Department of Commerce on March 4, 1913, and its bureaus and agencies specializing in labor were transferred to the new Department of Labor.


The organization's mission

The mission of the department is to "promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development." Among its tasks are gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, issuing patents and trademarks, and helping to set industrial standards.



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