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When was the economic census first taken separately from the decennial census?

The 1905 Census of Manufactures marked the first time a census of any kind was taken separately from the decennial census.

1903 factory scene
Factory workers assembling engines at Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co., Detroit, MI, ca. 1903.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 21, 2014