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Business and Economy
Small Business Week 2022: How Small Businesses Impact Our Economy
The 59th Annual Small Business Week theme is “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship.”
E-Commerce Sales Surged During the Pandemic
Annual growth in e-commerce retail sales accelerated during the pandemic as more consumers shopped online.
Exploring Economic Data by Topic
The Exploring Census Data webinar series focuses on data research by business topic.
Exploring Census Data Made Easy
The new Census Survey Explorer provides a quick and comprehensive list of surveys by topic, geography and frequency.
Mom and Pop Businesses: Key Contributors to U.S. Economy
The 83rd annual Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is an opportunity to highlight their impact and Census Bureau tools and resources available for small business.
Increase in Number of U.S. Black-Owned Businesses From 2017 to 2019
U.S. Census Bureau statistics show Black-owned businesses grew in all sectors of the U.S. economy.
Census Bureau Survey Now Measures COVID Impact on Workforce, Supplies
Phase 8 of the SBPS is designed to deepen our understanding of how the pandemic continues to affect U.S. small business operations.
U.S. Startups Create Jobs at Higher Rates, Older Large Firms Employ Most Workers
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics show how the age and size of firms contributed to job creation and employment shares from 1976 to 2019.
The Business of Manufacturing Snack Foods Before the “Big Game”
Snack foods are big business around popular sporting events.
Census Bureau Construction Data: From Stone Age to Space Age
The U.S. Census Bureau is phasing in improvements, including satellite imaging, to improve construction data products that are key federal economic indicators.
Novice Data Users: Help Is on the Way
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Academy launches the 2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series this week to help less experienced data users navigate census data.
Don’t Turn the Page on Bookstores
The nation’s 6,045 bookstores are still thriving, serving the needs of students and holiday shoppers looking for that perfect gift.
Census Bureau Serves Hearty Spread of Holiday Food Industry Statistics
Data reveal the business of the holiday food industry from agriculture to manufacturing to wholesalers and retailers.
Franchising is More than Just Fast Food
The 2017 Economic Census Franchise Statistics Report shows there were 498,234 franchise establishments with 9.6 million workers and $1.7 trillion in sales.
Small Business Pulse Survey Reveals Price Increases by Sector
Phase 6 wrapped up October 17 and Phase 7 went into the field November 15. Will Phase 7 show that these economic trends are continuing?
Who Are the Owners of Exporting Firms?
This Census Bureau product matches export transactions to business profiles in the Annual Business Survey.
Will Post-COVID Unemployment Insurance Be Like After Great Recession?
The share of adults who received UI reached a six-year low in 2018 during the Great Recession recovery. So far during the pandemic, UI receipt remains high.
Number of Businesses Grow in Metros, Shrink in Micros
There were 637,997 employer businesses in Micropolitan Statistical Areas in 2019, a 0.3% drop since 2017.
Sales of Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters Grew — or Did They?
The new 2017 Economic Census Comparative Statistics and Bridge Statistics reports ensure apple-to-apple comparisons when industry classifications change.
Zillow and Census Bureau Data Show Pandemic’s Impact on Housing Market
The housing market stalled in spring 2020 but rebounded by summer.
Nonemployer Asian U.S. Business Owners Predominantly Foreign-Born
Most nonemployer business owners were U.S.-born but foreign-born Hispanic and Asian business owners had a large presence in some sectors.
Manufacturing Remains One of the Top Five Largest Employment Sectors
This year marks the Census Bureau’s 10th anniversary celebration of Manufacturing Week beginning today and ending Friday on Manufacturing Day.
Business Growth in Desert Southwest More than Twice National Average
More than 287,000 employer businesses called these counties home in 2019, up 8.5% Since 2015.
Manufacturing Industries That Make Materials to Build, Furnish a Home
The Annual Survey of Manufactures has a new interactive visualization that showcases housing-related manufacturing in America.
Pandemic Disrupts Some Trends in Health Care Services
Estimates from the Quarterly Services Survey show that revenue percentage change for health care industries varied widely during the pandemic.
Student Debt Weighed Heavily on Millions Even Before Pandemic
Student loans are one of the largest contributors to household debt, an added burden on those already hard-hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
LGBT Community Harder Hit by Economic Impact of Pandemic
LGBT adults report higher rates of food and economic insecurity than non-LGBT respondents to the new Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey.
U.S. Small Businesses Suffer Supply Chain Disruptions
Over 60% of manufacturers responding to the Small Business Pulse Survey saw disruptions in domestic supplies and 39% need to identify new supply options.
Self-Service Menus in Full-Service Eateries and Other Economic Nuggets
The rollout of the 2017 Economic Census includes intriguing but lesser-known Miscellaneous Subjects with information on businesses not available elsewhere.
Video Game Consoles: From Manufacturing to Players’ Hands
Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators data capture earliest measurements of newest generation video game console supply chain.
America’s Love Affair With (Clean) Cars
Car washes help vehicle owners keep what’s likely to be the second-largest investment they will ever make looking good.
Initial COVID-19 Impact on Travel Industry Varied Widely Across States
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators show the impact of the pandemic on state tourism and related industries.
Why Did Labor Force Participation Rate Dip When the Economy Was Good?
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-2019 American Community Survey sheds light on the impact of aging baby boomers on the labor force and employment characteristics.
The Dough in Doughnuts
During National Doughnut Month, we look at the manufacturing of doughnut-making machines through U.S. Census Bureau data.
Puerto Rico Has Tougher Workplace Vaccine Requirements Than U.S.
Puerto Rico leads U.S. states in small businesses requiring proof their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work.
Not All Industries Experienced Declines During the Pandemic
Estimates from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Services Survey show that some industries grew despite the pandemic while others saw declining revenue.