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Historical Data

Nonemployer Statistics is a data series that provides subnational economic data by industry about businesses without paid employees that are subject to federal income tax.


Nonemployer Statistics series has been published as a consistent annual series since 1997. This data is available in various formats. View County, State, Metro Area, and U.S. data in hypertext tables by the North American Industry Classification Standard (NAICS):

Prior to 1997, statistics for businesses without paid employees were published in certain Economic Census publications.(Economic Census data is tabulated every five years). The National Archives hold the data files for printed reports not available online.

  • 1992 Enterprise Statistics, Company Summary[PDF]
  • 1992 Economic Census, Nonemployer Statistics, selected sectors, in PDF and on CD-ROM
  • 1987 Economic Census, Nonemployer Statistics, retail trade and service industries only, on CD-ROM
  • 1972 through 1982 Census of Retail Trade and Census of Service Industries, Area Series (nonemployers data derivable between the total and establishments with paid employees); only available in printed reports.
  • No data availability for Nonemployer Statistics prior to 1972.

2009 Release Information

The 2009 Nonemployer Statistics was reissued on August 15, 2012. If you downloaded the 2009 data statistics prior to this date, please delete and download the corrected file, or refer to the html tables.

What occurred?

Prior to the scheduled 2010 release, Census Bureau staff detected an inconsistency in the incoming source files. The source agency inadvertently failed to provide all eligible nonemployer records for both the 2009 and 2010 publication years. Please visit the How the Data are Collected page for a description of the sources used to generate Nonemployer Statistics. The source agency was made aware of the issue and took immediate steps to correct the problem for current and future years. The 2010 Nonemployer Statistics release was delayed to incorporate the missing records, and the 2009 publication has been reissued.

How does this impact my analysis?

The original 2009 release under-reported both the number of partnerships nationwide and the total receipts value generated by partnerships across the country, with the largest impact occurring in Real Estate, and Mining industries.


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For more information, contact the Nonemployer Statistics staff at (301)763-2580 or by email.
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Nonemployer Statistics | (301) 763-2580 |  Last Revised: May 27, 2015