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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." -- NOTE: The "How to Find the Latest Business Data" website no longer exists, but most of the individual programs listed below are still available and accessible from the Business Help Site.

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