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This series includes the number of businesses (with no paid employees) and total receipts.  NES datasets are downloadable files in comma-separated values (CSV) format and provide data from 1997-present.  In addition, record layouts and reference files are available within each year.

  • U.S., States, and Counties datasets started in 1997
  • Legal Form of Organization (LFO) datasets for the U.S. and states added in 2008
  • Receipt Size Class datasets for the U.S. added in 2009
  • CBP and NES Combined Report datasets added in 2012
  • MSA and CSA datasets added in 2016
  • Data User Notice for 2018 NES (June 8, 2020): The Census Bureau improved the methodology used to assign industry classification codes to sole proprietorships tabulated in the 2018 NES. This change resulted in a large number of sole proprietorships being reclassified from NAICS Sector 81 (Other Services, except Public Administration) to other NAICS sectors for 2018. Data users should use caution when making comparisons between 2018 and other reference years. For more information about this improvement and its effects on the 2018 NES data, see the historical comparability section on the methodology page.

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