Data from the Economic Census is used by businesses, policymakers, governments, and communities for economic development, business decisions, and strategic planning.
Every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Economic Census, the most comprehensive measure of the nation’s businesses and economy. Data from the Economic Census is used by businesses, policy makers, governments, and communities for economic development, business decisions, and strategic planning.
Economic Census data serve as the foundation for the gross domestic product and other leading economic indicators for the nation. Trade associations, economic development agencies, governments, and individual businesses also use the data to inform decisions and policy making. Comprehensive information is generated for nearly one thousand different industries and thousands of geographic areas.
Economic Census begins Oct. 24
The Economic Census begins on Oct. 24, with a request for classification information from selected small businesses that is due by Dec. 6, 2022. Beginning Jan. 31, 2023, a request will be made to additional selected companies asking a range of operational and performance data for their companies; that data is due March 15, 2023.
For secure online reporting, the Census Bureau will send respondents instructions and a unique code via official U.S. mail. Respondents will be instructed to set up an online account on the secure website to complete the survey. Participating businesses in the 2022 Economic Census, which includes U.S. territories, are required by law under Title 13, Section 224, to respond. The business community’s participation is essential to obtain reliable, comprehensive results that accurately represent our rapidly changing economy.
For more information
Reach out to the Census Bureau if you would like to promote the Economic Census in your community; it has materials and templates you can use for a promotional campaign. Contact Keith Tobias, Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Census Bureau, at (301) 763-8733.