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Historical Data Tables by Enterprise Size

  Availability of data 

The Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) program started in 1988 and has data through 2012. SUSB produces both annual (static) tabulations and employment change (dynamic, establishment birth & death) tabulations.

* Receipts data are available only for economic census years (years ending in 2 and 7). View the latest receipts data in the 2012 annual tabulations

* Annual data are tabulated back to 1988 and employment change data back to 1989-1990; however, currently only 1992 & 1997 through 2012 annual data
and 1997-1998 through 2011-2012 employment change data are available on our SUSB Internet site. A complete times series of SUSB data are available on SBA's Office of Advocacy Internet site.


The comparability of data over time may be affected by industrial classification and geography changes.

Industry Classification

Since 1998, SUSB has been tabulated based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Data were tabulated according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system for prior periods.

  • 2012 data use 2012 NAICS
  • 2008 to 2011 data use 2007 NAICS
  • 2003 to 2007 data use 2002 NAICS
  • 1998 to 2002 data use 1997 NAICS
  • 1988 to 1997 data use 1987 SIC

Classification changes are explored in detail in NAICS concordance reference files.
Prior to 2012, Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) lagged by one year in the adoption of the classification system employed in the economic census. Starting in 2012, the classification system was changed in the same year.


Counties: County boundary changes may occur between each publication year; however these changes are implemented in batch once every 5 years. Such changes are detailed in the following page: Substantial Changes to Counties and County Equivalent Entities: 1970-Present. This is primarily done to maintain data consistency and comparability over time.

2012 SUSB data will now include 6 new or changed county equivalents in Alaska that were identified and adopted after 2007. They are:
•Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Skagway Municipality (previously Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area)
•Ketchikan Gateway Borough (comprised of part of this same county equivalent in 2007)
•Petersburg Census Area and Wrangel City and Borough (previously Wrangel-Petersburg Census Area
•Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (comprised of part of the 2007 Ketchikan Gateway Borough plus all of Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area)

Between the 2002 and 2003 SUSB, there were two changes introduced: the creation of Broomfield County, CO, from parts of 4 counties, and the deletion of Clifton Forge (independent) city, VA, which was merged with Alleghany County.

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas (MSA's): Metropolitan areas are redefined after each population census and new criteria are generally introduced at that point. New areas will qualify and the boundaries and/or titles of many existing areas will change. Lists of counties that comprise each metropolitan area as of different time periods can be accessed at

In 2002 and earlier data, SUSB data were published for New England County Metropolitan Areas rather than for MSAs in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT. Micropolitan areas were first defined in 2003 and no data have been published for prior years.

Treatment of auxiliary establishments

In the 1998 - 2002 SUSB reports, corporate, subsidiary, and regional managing offices were tabulated in NAICS Sector 55. All other auxiliaries were tabulated in NAICS 95. Starting with the 2003 SUSB, corporate, subsidiary, and regional managing offices are still published in NAICS Sector 55, but the other auxiliaries are tabulated in the industry of the service performed. The other auxiliaries were coded into ten separate NAICS classifications listed in the auxiliary section of the 1997 .

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