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Definition: NAICS 48-49 to 81, Services Sectors

In this presentation, "Services" refers to a collection of 13 distinct NAICS sectors. They are treated together in the guide to data sources below since most of the data sources apply to all. (Sector 72, Accommodation and Food Services, is treated separately.) For definitions and other sector-specific information, see the links below:

Guide to Data Sources for Services Sectors from the U.S. Census Bureau

Frequency Title (with link to data) Contents Number of Industry Categories Geography
Quarterly Quarterly Services Survey Estimated quarterly revenue of employer firms. Some industries are adjusted for seasonal variations. Estimates for sectors 55 and 721 are not available. Monthly estimates for subsector 722 are available in the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey and Monthly Retail Trade Survey.
Quarterly Financial Report Income, retained earnings, balance sheets, and related financial and operating ratios for the domestic operations of corporations in selected service industries with assets over $50 million.
Quarterly Workforce Indicators Employment, job creation, separations, turnover, average monthly earnings
States, metro areas, counties
Annual Service Annual Survey Estimated annual revenue, total expenses, and detailed expenses. Source of revenue and exported services are available for selected industries. Estimates for sector 55 are not available. Estimates for sector 72 are available in the Annual Retail Trade Survey.
E-Stats (E-Commerce Statistics) Total sales and e-commerce sales, receipts or value of shipments
Annual Capital Expenditures Survey Capital expenditures for structures and equipment for companies with paid employees
Information and Communication Technology Survey Non-capitalized expenditures for information and communication technology equipment and software
Business R & D and Innovation Survey Sales and R&D expenses of companies located in the U.S. that have R&D activities--both U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign parents. Data are published by NSF.
U.S., worldwide
County Business Patterns Employees; payroll; number of establishments with paid employees by employment size of establishment
U.S., states, metro areas, counties, ZIP codes, Puerto Rico
Nonemployer Statistics Number of establishments and sales of firms with no paid employees
U.S., states, metro areas, counties
Statistics of U.S. Businesses Number of firms, employees, payroll, (and revenue, for 2002 only) by employment-size of the enterprise
U.S., states, metro areas
Statistics of U.S. Businesses -- Employment Change Number of establishments and year-to-year change in employment for births, deaths, expansions, and contractions.
U.S., states, metro areas, counties
Business Dynamics Statistics Number of establishments and year-to-year change in employments for births, death, expansions, and contractions by firm age and employment-size. Sector classification is by SIC.
U.S., states
Every 5 years Economic Census Number of establishments, sales, employees, and payroll (for additional topics available, see Economic Census details)
U.S., states, metro areas, counties, places, ZIP codes, island areas
Economic Census of Island Areas Number of establishments, sales, employees, and payroll for establishments with payroll
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa
Business Expenses Operating expenses by type 200 U.S.
Survey of Business Owners Number of firms, sales, employees, and payroll for all businesses and for businesses owned by females, Hispanics, and major race categories (plus national-only data on veteran status and other owner and business characteristics)
U.S., states, metro areas

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