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HLA Census Workshop 2016: Economic Census

Guide created to accompany a workshop on Census data held at the Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference in 2016.

About the Economic Census

The Economic Census is conducted every 5 years in years ending in 2 and 7. Surveys are sent to mid-size and large businesses and a sample of small businesses. Survey questions are tailored to each industry and ask about number of employees, payroll, services, and sales. The data may be used to identify economic trends, compare communities, and compare individual businesses to industry averages.

Economic Census

Economic census graphic

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

"The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

NAICS was developed under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and adopted in 1997." --Census Bureau

What Can I Do With Economic Census Data?

With Economic Census Data, I can:

  • Compare my business to others
  • Compare my community to others
  • Identify business markets
  • Use data in business plans and loan applications

Hawai`i Economic Census data

DBEDT logo and link

County Business Patterns

County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.

County Business Patterns Retail Edition graphic and link


Guide Creator


Angela Barr