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Contact: Brian Lavin
Public Information Office
The U.S. Census Bureau today released its 2011 Service Annual Survey, which shows 10 of the nation's 11 service sectors had an increase in revenues for employer firms between 2010 and 2011. The finance and insurance sector continued to be the only sector to show a year-to-year decline in revenue, which edged down by $35.0 billion to $3.3 trillion for 2011.
The Service Annual Survey provides the most comprehensive national statistics available annually on service activity in the United States. In 2009, the survey was expanded to collect data for all service industries, capturing 55 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The 2011 Service Annual Survey provides another year of estimates that can used to evaluate the performance of service sectors after the most recent recession.
Highlights from selected sectors include:
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance and Insurance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Other Services (except public administration)
Percent changes quoted in the release are calculated using estimates rounded to millions as provided in the tables. Also, note that estimates are not adjusted for price changes.
As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. All comparisons made in this release have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90 percent confidence level, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the tables for measures of sampling variability.
Special Notice: The estimates reflect the introduction of a newly selected sample of businesses and are published based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The format and structure of the tables containing the estimates as well as the presentation of the tables on the website have been improved with this release. For further information on the new sample or the effect of adopting the 2007 NAICS definitions, see our Frequently Asked Questions.