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by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian
909-869-4352; E-mail

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No. 40

Fall Quarter, 2000

The 1997 US Economic Census at your desktop, and more!!!


First a word about this newsletter:

Since this is number 40 of the quarterly Inform, this concludes ten years of publication. In all that time I have never had to look far for things to write about. This is testimony to the exciting, innovative, always changing world of the University Library.

I thank you the readers for the generous comments of praise I have received about Inform over these years.

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And now the 1997 US Economic Census at your desktop:

The United States Bureau of the Census does an Economic Census every five years, for years ending in 2 and 7 (1992, 1997, etc.). In the past you have used elements of the Economic Census such as the Census of Manufacturers, the Census of Retail Trade, and the Census of Agriculture. These have provided you economic data organized by the US Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Codes).

Now the 1997 Economic Census presents data organized under the new North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which is replacing the SIC. For more on NAICS see Inform issues 27 and 32. In addition the 1997 Economic Census is expanded into many more parts. So, for example, in 1992 boat Marinas were in the Census of Transportation, Communications and Utilities under SIC code number 4493; for the 1997 census they are in a completely new report: the Census of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, Sector 71, under NAICS code number 713930.

While the 1997 Economic Census is still available in print and on CD-ROM, you can also access the data directly online (PDF files) through the Internet site of the US Census Bureau: You will find the Economic Census link under the census reports for "Business". All components of the Economic Census are not yet published, but most are (see "Schedule" link). The Economic Census comes in four broad categories; the "Geographic Area Series", the "Industry Series", the "Subject Series," and "PDFs by State."

The "Geographic Area Series" is organized by broad NAICS category. Hospitality Faculty note that there is a census now for "Accommodation and Foodservices", (Sector 72). Select a category, then a state, or for the US as a whole. "Area Reports" present the number of establishments, the number of employees, payroll, and sales, or other measures of revenue, for each State and its metropolitan areas, counties, and places.

The "Industry Series" covers the three sectors that produce most of the goods in the country, "Manufacturing", "Mining", and "Construction." The tables present statistics for the industry with data by state, and separately by employment size of establishment. There are also data for "Product statistics" (for manufacturing and mining) and "Materials Consumed."

The "Subject Series" reports include the "Merchandise Line Sales" report for retail businesses and the "Commodity Line Sales" report for wholesale trade. These reports match the kinds of merchandise sold with the kinds of businesses carrying each line. The "Establishment and Firm Size" reports present data on the number of establishments, sales, payroll, and employment, matched by NAICS industry code by size of establishment, by size of firm, by concentration, and by legal form of organization, for the US as a whole.

The "PDFs by State" reports bring all NAICS groups for a state together. The data includes establishments, payroll, and number of paid employees.

Watch this site for more reports due out in later in 2000 and 2001. These include "ZIP Code Statistics," "Business Expenses," and "Minority- and Women-Owned Business."

The Library's Home Page Internet Reference Sites links the Economic Census. You can either enter the term economic census into the Search window or look for Economic Census (US 1997) on the Site Map (Index A to Z) alphabetical listing.

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And More:

A Reminder; you can schedule Library database instruction for your students:

At the beginning of each new academic year, in most years, I like to remind faculty that you can schedule library use instruction for your students. This is increasingly instruction on the use of electronic databases. And if your classroom has access to the Internet, and a projector, I can do library instruction in the classroom. This means in 20 minutes or so I can teach your students how to use all the Library's business databases. Faculty can schedule Library instruction via the Campus Intranet. Go to the Library Home Page and activate the link Library Instruction Request Form, under "What's New?" Or phone me at x4352.

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Supreme Court Cases (and cases from other US Courts, and for all California Courts):

Find US Supreme Court and lower US court cases through the Library's Internet Reference Sites. On the Site Map (Index A to Z) link go to the United States Laws, Legislation, And Courts page:

For California Courts of all levels go to the California Laws, Legislation, And Courts page: Each of these pages has links to several sites that provide the full text of court cases. The direct US Supreme Court site is:

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