Using Census Information for Industry Research
The Economic Census is taken every five years. The website allows you to search for information in various ways. Below are more pages within the Economic Census section of Census.gov that are helpful for industry research.
This page allows you to access information by the type of program. Programs such as construction, retail, governments and foreign trade are included here.
American FactFinder information is updated annually. However, the Economic Census information is still only updated every five years. The Census Bureau created a guide entitled "Using the New American Factfinder: Finding Economic Data on AFF" to help researchers look for information. Use the Full list of Econonmic Topics in AmericanFactFinder to access your topic.
This page will give you access to local economic information such as number of establishments, annual payroll and employment levels. You can also search by using the table on this page to find information by ZIP code, city, county and state.
This website lets you search for data by indicator. You can view information as a PDF or EXCEL document, and you can also search the database for information. Use the handy calendar on the page to see when the data was released.
Find current forecasts for the U.S. and California.
Find a general historical overview here.
Find significant events that have influenced the economy from 1956 to present.
Find both historical and current economic trends for California here. The information is available in PDF or EXCEL format.
Find a compilation of economic information for California here. Some of the information included -- hourly wages, number of employees, and workplace injuries.