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Entrepreneurs and Small Business Development: Census Business Data

Census - How to Find the Latest Business Data

How to Find the Latest Business Data (U.S. Census Bureau) - "The Census Bureau also publishes a variety of data on an annual, quarterly, or monthly basis."

Programs with national & subnational data:
  • Economic Census
  • Survey of Business Owners (incl. minorities, women)
  • Statistics of U.S. Businesses (by size)
  • County Business Patterns
  • Nonemployer Statistics
  • Local Employment Dynamics
  • Annual Survey of Manufactures
  • Building Permits
  • Governments
  • Foreign Trade: State Exports
Other national data:
  • Multi-sector data:
    • Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES)
    • Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Survey
    • Quarterly Financial Report
    • E-Commerce Statistics
    • Business Expenses Survey
  • Sector-specific data:
    • Construction
    • Mining
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail
    • Wholesale Trade
    • Service sectors
Data more frequent than annual:
  • Monthly:
    • Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, & Orders (M3)
    • Current Industrial Reports (selected)
    • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail & Food Services
    • Monthly Retail Sales & Inventories
    • Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey
    • Manufacturing & Trade Inventories & Sales (MTIS)
    • Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits
Data more frequent than annual:
  • Quarterly:
    • Quarterly Financial Report
    • Quarterly Services Survey
    • Retail E-Commerce Sales
    • Current Industrial Reports (selected)
    • Local Employment Dynamics: QWI
Special topics:
  • Overview
  • E-Stats
  • Concentration ratios
  • Economy-wide programs
  • Financial characteristics of companies
  • Governments
  • International trade: imports & exports
  • Minority- and women-owned business
  • NAICS
  • NAPCS
  • Research
  • Small business
Economic data about people or Households:
  • Income
  • Poverty
  • Labor force
  • Households
Economic data from other federal agencies:
  • Gross Domestic Product - GDP (BEA)
  • Wages, prices, unemployment, jobs, consumer expenditures (BLS)
  • Federal Statistics Briefing Room (White House)
  • Other federal agencies (FedStats)

Industry Research Using the Economic Census