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AREC 315 - Agribusiness Economics and Management

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Industry research & analysis

Scroll down this page to find resources for:​

  • industry trends
  • industry snapshots
  • NAICS codes

Databases for Industry Research

Great places to start

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Industry snapshots from the Census

The U.S. Economic Census is done every 5 years, for years ending in "2" and "7." The most recent data are from 2012.

Economic Census: Industry Snapshots

To see Industry Snapshots, enter a NAICS code in the search box (713940 for gyms, for example). Industry Snapshots provide key statistics such as:

  • Number of establishments in an industry
  • Revenue
  • Annual payroll
  • Payroll per employee
  • Employees per establishment
  • A map showing where sales, establishments, and populations are concentrated in the United States

Inside a snapshot, there's also a Compare Your Business link, where you can get comparisons to industry averages. (Look for the magnifying glass in the upper right of the snapshot.)

Local business snapshots are available for selected metropolitan areas, including Phoenix.

County Business Patterns provide economic data by industry. Data include the number of establishments, employment, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.

For information on businesses without paid employees (e.g., sole proprietorships), see Nonemployer Statistics. Data consist of the number of businesses and total receipts by industry.