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Business: Industry Analysis: Selected Data Sources for Industry Analysis

In General


Federal Statistics Agencies:

Over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics, expect for general statistics information listed below, search specific industry statistic agencies to find more data.

For example, more airline statistics are available from Bureau of Transportation Statisticsairline and airports statistics.

US Census Bureau - U.S. Department of Commerce 

Economic Census of 2017   The Economic Census is conducted every five years collecting data for years ending in “2” and “7”. 

TIGER Web - U.S. Department of Commerce. TIGER stands for Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing. It provides informational maps of the United States. An introductory manual is at this link. You can also watch an introductory video on YouTube.

Bureau of Economic Analysis - U.S. Department of Commerce

Industry Economic Accounts It includes annual industry accounts (GDP by industry and annual input-output accounts), benchmark input-output Accounts; and US travel and tourism satellite accounts.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – U.S. Department of Labor

Industries by Supersector and NAICS Code An Index to the Industry Resources from Bureau of Labor Statistics. The list of industries is arranged in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code order. It covers a number of topics including workforce Statistics, Earnings and Hours, Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses, Prices, Workplace Trends, etc.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)leading nonprofit economic research organization.

Economic Indicators and Releases It provides links to the major economic indicator sources; updated on daily basis

Selected Data for Industry Structure Analysis


Number of Establishments, Employment, Annual payroll by industry, employee size and location

County Business Patterns  (US Census Bureau) - View the data in tables or download the data.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses (US Census Bureau) - Download the excel sheet tabulated by Enterprise Employment Size

Firm/Establishment Age, Entry/Exit No./ Rate, Job Creation by firm size, state and industry

Business Dynamics Statistics (US Census Bureau) - Finding Data: from the [Data] page, click [Firm Characteristics Data Tables] or [Establishment Characteristics Data Tables].

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Industry - Gross-Domestic-Product-(GDP)-by-Industry Data (Bureau of Economic Analysis);
Finding Data: download the XLSX sheet from the website

Production and Use of Commodities by Industry

Input-Output Accounts Data (Bureau of Economic Analysis);
Finding Data: download from the website

Product Line and Revenue by Industry

Economic Census (US Census Bureau);, 2017 Economic Census; refine your search results by geography, year, NAICS code and more.

Detailed Instructional video is on YouTube.

Exports & Imports by NAICS Commodities 

USA Trade Online (Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau) Provides specific U.S. export and import information on more than 18,000 commodities worldwide. Includes 2- through 10- digit HS detail for both import and export commodities including: monthly data dating back to January 2002, cumulative year to date data dating back to 2002, annual data dating back to 1992, and district-level data;
Finding Data: Access the database using the ID and password for UMaine users.

Foreign Trade: State Trade Data (Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau).
Finding Data: follow the links to locate the data sets.

Exports from Manufacturing (US Census Bureau)
Finding Data: Download Excel sheet and browse by tables. Table 4 includes detailed data for states and industries.

Concentration Ratios & Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) by industry

Economic Census: Concentration Ratios (US Census Bureau); All of these reports classify industries by the percent of output accounted for by the largest 4, 8, 20 and 50 companies. Only the manufacturing reports include the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index. 
Finding Data: follow the labels in the page to find PDF or data in American Factfinder or use another similar page.

Merger Transaction Statistics by industry from Pre-merger notification Program

Annual Competition Reports (Federal Trade Commission);
Finding Data: check the exhibit statistics tables.

Competition Enforcement Cases by Industry

FTC Competition Enforcement DatabaseAnnual Antitrust Enforcement Activities Reports (1999-2008);
Finding Data: search cases by industry and competition topics.

COVID-19 Economic Impact

Selected Data for Business Conduct Analysis


Business Expenditures (including advertising/promotion, Labor Cost and many more)

Retail Trade Industries

Monthly & Annual Retail Trade (US Census Bureau) - Latest Annual Retail Trade Report - Latest Detailed Operating Expenses (latest version is for February 2020)

Whole Sale Industries

Annual Wholesale Trade (US Census Bureau) - Latest Monthly Wholesale Trade Report for January 2020 

Service Industries

Annual & Quarterly Services (US Census Bureau) - Latest Annual Services Report - Q4 2019

Manufacturing Industries

Annual Survey of Manufactures (US Census Bureau);
Finding Data: from the US Census Bureau includes ASM Tables, data and APIs. and search 'manufacturing' for manufacturing data from the 2017 Economic Census 

Mining, Construction, Manufacturing Industries
Various Economic Census Bureau Surveys (US Census Bureau).
Finding Data: from US Census Bureau, includes manufacturing and construction statistics, surveys, reports and sales numbers can all be found here. 

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses

Business Research and Development and Innovation (National Science Foundation).
Finding Data: expand data tables and find the data on the list.


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