How to find information about Industries


Statistical Data and Demographics

The following postings will be very valuable in retrieving data from public as well as government sources. Once you have gathered a wide range of statistics, you will be able to do a comprehensive industry analysis that reports on industry trends, statistics, and forecasts.

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  • Free web
    Financial ratios, business statistics and benchmarks.

  • Free web sitesClick Z Stats
    The Web marketer's guide to online facts, Internet research, trends, and analysis.

  • Free web sitesEconStats
    A compilation of domestic and international statistics and release dates for items such as the GDP, Industrial capacity and industrialization, new orders and shipments inventories, manufacturing and trade inventories, U.S. housing and pricing index, construction spending, retail sales, consumer credit, jobless claims, interest rates, etc.

  • Free web sitesStatistics by Zip Code
    Resources that have been compiled by a librarian from California State University at Northridge. Statistics are gathered from a variety of government departments and independent organizations.

  • Only for Baker studentsStatistical Abstract of the United States
    Includes statistics on business enterprises, manufacturing, housing, transportation, retail industry, trade, and more. Each table includes a source note, which can be helpful in finding more detailed information. Published annually.


  • Free web sites U.S. Dept. of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Consists of profiles of 12 industry super sectors. Each profile contains a variety of facts about the industry supersector, and includes links to additional statistics, which include items such as employment hours, wages, and trends.

Census Sites



  • Free web sites Census Bureau
    This site provides access to the following data:
    • Economic Census(Including the Census of Manufacturers, Census of Retail Trade, etc.)
      The Economic Census profiles the US economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level. Reports are now available for all geographic areas and all sectors.
    • E-Stats- Measuring the Electronic Economy
      This report measures the value of goods and services sold online. It covers measurements for manufacturing, sales, and service industries. It accounts for approximately 77 percent of economic activity measured in the 2002 Economic Census. The report does not cover agriculture, mining, utilities, construction, agents, brokers, electronic markets in wholesale trade, and approximately one-third of service-related industries.
    • Population and Household Economic Topics
    • American FactFinder
      This site gives you the ability to map segments of the census.
  • Free web sites CenStats Databases
    From the U.S. Census Bureau. Choose by business and trade data by state, county, or place. Includes building permits, county business patterns, county demographic and economic data, international trade data, census of population and housing, census tract street locator, occupational data.
    • County Business Patterns
      An annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.
    • County and City Zip Code Patterns
      Here, you can find the number of business establishments, as well as employment and payroll. You can also calculate market share, competition or business customers.
    • Cure for the Common Codes
      Brought to you by the Missouri Census Data Center this web site collects common geographic codes used by the Census.

Government Documents



  • Free web sites Bureau of Economic Analysis - Industry Economic Accounts
    Covers GDP as annual output by industry. Provides a time series of detailed information on the changing structure of the U.S. economy, including the annual contributions of private companies and the government. Used extensively by policymakers and businesses to understand industry interactions, productivity trends, and the changing structure of the U.S. economy.
  • Free web sites
    A federal government web portal for geographic and spatial thematic maps and data. Use the tab, under Browse, then under ISO Topic Category to find Business topics.
  • Free web sitesGPO Access/FDsys
    Federal Government links useful to business research. Especially useful for regulations and pending legislation.