The economic census offers information on business locations, the workforce, and trillions of dollars of sales by products and services.
One of the ways it differs from other programs is that it collects information by individual business locations, rather than a company total. By reporting sales, payroll and revenue type for each individual location, the data are able to reflect these numbers where the economic activity takes place, producing statistics on local businesses, not just at national or state level.
It collects information on physical location, primary business activity using NAICS codes, employment, payroll, revenue by type of service or product using the North American Product Classification System (NAPCS), and industry specific information.
The economic census statistics about industries, their inputs and outputs, and how they relate to each other, are not available elsewhere.