Printing Industry Economic Snapshot
Our Industry Snapshot is a collection of regularly updated industry data about shipments and various measures of business activity. Note: The data below is a live feed. Any changes made to it are presented here as they happen. More info below.
About the WhatTheyThink Economics and Research Center's Industry Snapshot
Each data category compares the current period with the prior data and also the prior year. You'll also see when the newest data will be available.
For a general guide to the data here, Dr. Joe's column of June 30, 2008 highlighted many of the items.
Most of the data series are from public sources, which we have documented on the “sources” page. Each of the sources is a live link to the data provider, such as the Commerce Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others. In some cases, we have added proprietary data series, such as our adjustments for inflation or other characteristics.
For the commercial printing industry, we track shipments, capacity, profits, inflation, employment, and trade.
Mail shipments in pieces and total weight data as reported by the U.S. Postal Service are also available for several classes of mail.
On the demand side, we report employment in the publishing, advertising, and graphic design industries, which have always been a good indicator of future commercial print shipments.
For the paper and packaging industries, you can find shipments, employment, and capacity data.
Commercial printing shipments for Canada are also reported on a current-dollar, inflation-adjusted, and U.S. exchange rate-adjusted basis.
For your convenience, each item that is updated is marked with an “x” in the column labeled “new.” Right now, every item is marked that way, but the next time we update, you'll be able to identify new items that have been updated in the past week quite easily.
These data will be regularly enhanced and new categories will be added. We hope that you become a regular user of these data.