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Economic Surveys and Programs

Economic Surveys and Programs

The U.S. Census Bureau business surveys and censuses measure the pulse of the U.S. economy, businesses, and governments. They provide data for businesses in the economic sectors such as manufacturing, construction, retail trade, health care, and services industries, as well as for state and local governments, and on imports and exports.

To find more information on a specific survey please select it from the list of economic surveys below.

List of Economic Surveys and Programs

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS)
Provides an early indication of sales of retail and food service companies.

Annual Business Survey (ABS) Program
Provides annual data on select economic and demographic characteristics of employer businesses, including annual R&D estimates.

Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES)
Provides estimates on business spending for new and used structures and equipment.

Annual Integrated Economic Survey (AIES)
The Annual Integrated Economic Survey (AIES) is a re-engineered survey designed to integrate and replace seven existing annual business surveys into a streamlined single survey instrument. The AIES will provide key yearly measures of economic activity including the only comprehensive national and subnational data on business revenues, expenses, and assets on an annual basis.

Annual Parole Survey and Annual Probation Survey
These surveys collect administrative data from probation and parole agencies in the U.S. Published data include both national and state-level data.

Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)
The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) produces industry-level estimates of sales, expenses, and other items for the retail sector in the U.S. each year.

Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)
Provides estimates of number of firms, sales/receipts, annual payroll, and employment by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ)
Collects data from a nationally representative sample of local jails on jail inmate populations, jail capacity, and related information.

Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll (ASPEP)
Provides state and local government data on full-time and part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time equivalent employment, and payroll statistics.

Annual Survey of Public Pensions (ASPP)
The Survey of Public Pensions provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for the defined benefit public pensions.

Annual Survey of School System Finances
Provides statistics about the finances of elementary and secondary public school systems.

Annual Survey of State Government Finances
State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments.

Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC)
The STC provides a summary of taxes collected by state for 5 broad tax categories and up to 25 tax subcategories.

Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances
Statistics on revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) for governments.

Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS)
AWTS is conducted every year to provide detailed industry measures of sales, inventories, operational expenses and purchases for wholesale trade activities.

Building Permits Survey (BPS)
The purpose of the Building Permits Survey is to provide national, state, and local statistics on new privately-owned residential construction.

Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)
Tabulations of establishment openings/closings, firm startups/shutdowns, and job creation/destruction, with unique information on firm age and firm size.

Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey (BERD)
Provides detailed statistics on global and domestic R&D expenses of U.S. based companies and statistics on R&D workforce, IP and technology transfer activities.

Business Expenses Supplement (BES)
Compiles statistics on business operating expenses.

Business Formation Statistics (BFS)
Tabulations on business applications and formations in the U.S. at quarterly frequency, including projections for recent and future quarters.

Business Trends and Outlook Survey (BTOS)
Provides insights with timely, high frequency data across all nonfarm sectors of the economy.

Business and Professional Classification Survey
Obtains information necessary to identify and classify businesses to update the samples for current business surveys and the Economic Census.

Census of Governments
Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector including public finance and public employment and classifications.

Census of Jails
Collects information on each facility, including admissions and releases, use of space, crowding, staffing, inmate work assignments, and counseling programs.

Census of Juveniles in Resident Placement (CJRP)
Collects detailed information on youth residing in detention, correctional, and other shelter facilities.

Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities
Provides information on the types of inmates housed, facility age and type, building plans, security level, security conditions, and staff characteristics.

Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)
CFS is a joint project of Census and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics producing data on the movement of goods in the United States.

Common Core of Data (CCD)
Collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.

County Business Patterns (CBP)
Provides subnational economic data by industry, including the number of establishments, employment, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.

Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS)
Data infrastructure for the next generation of statistics and research on the criminal justice system and the population that interacts with it.

Current Industrial Reports (CIR)
Provided monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years.

E-Commerce Statistics (E-STATS)
Provides e-commerce statistics for manufacturing, merchant wholesale trade, retail trade, and selected service industries.

Economic Census
The Economic Census is the official five-year measure of American businesses providing comprehensive statistics at the national, state, and local levels. Follow the 2022 Economic Census release schedule for additional information.

Economic Census 2021 Industry Classification Report
The Economic Census Industry Classification report is used to determine a NAICS code for single-unit establishments.

Economic Census of Island Areas (IA)
Provides data for the economy and structure for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Export Statistics
Provides detailed statistics on goods and estimates of services shipped from the U.S. to foreign countries.

Page Last Revised - July 8, 2022
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