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Chapter 11: Structure of the Economy
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State Directories
Overview of Local Economic Structure
Specific Industries
        Agriculture
        Forestry
        Mining
        Construction
        Manufacturing
        Transportation, Communication, and Utility
        Trade
        Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance
        Services
Role of Federal Government
Miscellaneous Sites
Listservs

State Directories
State Departments of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/displayCategory.cfm?Category=environment

State Economic Data Sources, The White House Briefing Room
www.auber.org/htmls/leapcomp.html

State Energy Information, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/sep/states.html

State Statistical Offices, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
www.usda.gov/nass/sso-rpts.htm or
www.usda.gov/nass/offices.htm

State Workforce Development Agencies, U.S. Employment Service, U.S. Department of Labor
www.itsc.state.md.us/directory/directory/map.html

Overview of Local Economic Structure
Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
www.bea.doc.gov

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
www.bls.gov

County Business Patterns, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Annual employment data by industry for the nation, states, and counties. Includes annual and first quarter payroll, total sales, and number of establishments.
www.census.gov/epcd/cbp/view/cbpview.html or
tier2.census.gov/cbp/index.html or
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/cbp or
tier2.census.gov/cbp/cbp_sts.htm

Data and County Codes, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
County-level information including county typology codes, rural-urban continuum codes, urban influence codes, federal funds data, and a natural amenities index. The county typology codes classify nonmetropolitan counties into six mutually exclusive economic types: farming, mining, manufacturing, government, services, and nonspecialized.
www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/rural/data or
www.ers.usda.gov/epubs/other/typolog

Information Technology Support Center, Unemployment Insurance Service, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
Direct links to State Workforce Development agencies at www.itsc.state.md.us/directory/directory/map.html, and unemployment insurance information including state best practices, statistical tables, key personnel directories, technology trends summaries, newsgroup and survey capabilities, and chat rooms.
www.itsc.state.md.us

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Definitions and codes for each industry, and tables showing correspondence between 1997 NAICS codes and Standard Industrial Codes (the old system used by the Census Bureau).
www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.htmlor
www.ntis.gov/yellowbk/1nty205.htm

Regional Economic Information System, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic data for states, counties, and metropolitan areas. Includes full- and part-time employment by industry, and other economic variables.
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/reis or
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/reis/ca25 or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/reis-stateis.html

State Workforce Development Agencies, U.S. Employment Service, U.S. Department of Labor
Employment security offices in each state.
www.itsc.state.md.us/directory/directory/map.html or
www.icesa.org/sections/links/index.cfm#state

Specific Industries
Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-, state-, and county-level data include number of establishments, number of employees, payroll, and measures of output, all by industry. Other data items vary by industry. Data are collected every five years, and data for the 1992 and 1997 Economic Censuses are online. Industry Series reports include mining, construction, and manufacturing data for the nation and states. Geographic Area Series reports include data for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/econ/www/econ_cen.html or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/econ-stateis.html or
www.census.gov/epcd/www/92result.html or
www.census.gov/prod/www/titles.html

Economic Censuses and Related Publications, University of Michigan
Description of the Censuses and their history, how statistics are collected and reported, and links to the data and updates.
www.lib.msu.edu/foxre/econ.census.html

Economic Programs, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Links to state- and county-level data from various economic programs at the Census Bureau.
www.census.gov/econ/www

"How People Use Economic Census Data", Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Descriptions of how economic census data can be used to study industries and business markets, or to evaluate investment opportunities.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/ec97use2.htm

Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Exports by state to the world and selected markets, 1993-1998. Click on Trade Statistics.
www.ita.doc.gov

Surveys of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data at state- and county-levels on businesses owned by women and/or minorities. Includes number of firms, sales and receipts, number of employees, and payroll. Data from 1997 will be available between June and December, 2000.
www.census.gov/csd/mwb

U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publication can be ordered at this site. Includes detailed data for manufacturing, services, construction, and natural resources industries such as historical industry performance, one- and five-year forecasts, and reference lists for further research.
www.ita.doc.gov/td/industry/otea/usito99

Agriculture
Agricultural Atlas of the United States, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Maps of data from the Census of Agriculture.
www.nass.usda.gov/census/census97/atlas97

Agricultural Outlook, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Main source for USDA's farm and food price forecasts. Includes data on individual commodities, the general economy, U.S. farm trade, farm income, production expenses, input use, prices received and paid by farmers, per capita food consumption, and related issues.
www.ers.usda.gov/epubs/pdf/agout/ao.htm

Census of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Complete account of agricultural production, conducted every five years and reported at state and county levels. Data include land use and ownership, crop and livestock production, operator characteristics, machinery and equipment, chemicals and fertilizer, market value of products, production expenses, type of organization, and more.
www.nass.usda.gov/census or
www.census.gov/econ/www/ag0100.html or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/ag-stateis.html

Center for Rural Affairs
Nonprofit organization that conducts research, education, and advocacy on issues related to agriculture and other rural issues. Good resource for information on sustainable agriculture and policy.
www.cfra.org

Congressional Research Service Issue Brief
Excellent list of agricultural resources on the web, ranging from the American Beefalo Association to Food and Nutrition Services to the International Potash Institute.
www.cnie.org/nle/ag-80.html

Crop Acreage and Yield Maps, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
County-level maps of crop acreage and yield. Produced annually.
www.usda.gov/nass/aggraphs/cropmap.htm

Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Provides economic analysis on issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.
www.ers.usda.gov

Economics and Statistics Systems, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Contains nearly 300 reports and datasets from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, covering U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Most reports are text files and most data sets are in spreadsheet format.
usda.mannlib.cornell.edu

Farm Business Economics Briefing Room, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
National and state farm income measures, and current analyses and data of major farm, business, and household indicators at a national level.
www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/fbe

National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Conducts surveys and prepares reports covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture, including production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, and more. The 45 State Statistical Offices, www.usda.gov/nass/offices.htm, publish data about many of the same topics for local audiences.
www.usda.gov/nass

State Fact Sheets, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
State-level data includes farm characteristics from the Census of Agriculture and farm financial indicators. Also lists top 5 counties in agricultural production for each state.
www.ers.usda.gov/epubs/other/usfact

Sustainable Development and Small Farms, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Information resource that includes reports, program information, news, events, and contacts related to sustainable development and small farms.
www.usda.gov/oce/sdsf

Forestry
American Forest and Paper Association
National trade association of the forest, paper, and wood products industry. Includes legislation and policy information at the state and federal levels. Industry statistics for the nation, states, and regions are free to members.
www.afandpa.org

Forest Trust
Site includes publications, contact information for technical assistance, and program information about community forestry and forest protection.
www.theforesttrust.org

National Association of State Foresters
State forestry statistics come from a biannual report of State Forestry programs and include information on budgets, personnel, projects, resource base, and more. Includes state contacts, state and private forestry programs, and a list of forestry links.
www.stateforesters.org

National Forests by State, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Links to National Forest homepages.
www.fs.fed.us/recreation/states/us.shtml

State and Private Forestry, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Provides leadership, technical and programmatic assistance to activities that promote sustainable forests, forest based economics, and communities.
www.fs.fed.us/spf

U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
www.fs.fed.us

Mining
Mineral Policy Center
Information about mining law reform, environmental impacts of mining, and more.
www.mineralpolicy.org

Mining--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for mining establishments with payroll, including number of establishments, sales, payroll, employment, value added by mining, cost of supplies used, value of shipments and receipts, capital expenditures, and more. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC21.HTM

Mining--Industry Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Mining data for the nation, states with 100 or more mining employees, and offshore areas. Data include number of establishments, employment, payroll, value added by mining, cost of supplies used, value of shipments and receipts, capital expenditures, and more.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/97ecmini.html

Petroleum Industry Statistics, American Petroleum Institute
Includes a Weekly Statistical Bulletin Summary, supply and demand data, environmental and safety data, upstream data and reference materials. National data from The Basic Petroleum Data Book include energy, reserves, exploration, environment, and more.
www.api.org/statistics

State Minerals Information, U.S. Geological Survey
Statistics and information on the supply, demand, and flow of minerals and materials. Includes state maps and state-level data.
minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/state

Construction
Construction--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for construction establishments with payroll, including number of establishments, payroll, employment, value added by construction, cost of materials, value of business done, and capital expenditures. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC23.HTM

Construction--Industry Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Construction data for the nation and states, including number of establishments, employment, payroll, value added by construction, cost of materials, value of business done, and capital expenditures.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/cciview1.html

Manufacturing
Annual Survey of Manufactures, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State-level data from 1987-96 on number of establishments, receipts, employment, and payroll.
tier2.census.gov/asm/asm.htm

Current Industrial Reports, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National level data on shipments by manufacturing industry. Updated quarterly.
www.census.gov/ftp/pub/cir/www

Manufacturing--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for manufacturing establishments with payroll including number of establishments, employment, payroll, value added by manufacture, cost of materials consumed, value of shipments, capital expenditures, and more. Data are available for states, counties and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC31.HTM

Manufacturing--Industry Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Manufacturing data for the nation and states. Data include number of establishments, employment, payroll, value added by manufacture, cost of materials consumed, value of shipments, capital expenditures, and more. Special reports include General, Product and Material Consumed Summary reports, Concentration Ratios in Manufacturing, and Location of Manufacturing Plants.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/97ecmani.html
 

Transportation, Communications and Utilities
Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
Information on electricity and natural gas utilities includes current and historical state data and state electricity profiles.
www.eia.doe.gov

Information--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for information establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more. Comparative statistics are included in the Core Business Statistics Reports, www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/business.html
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC51.HTM

Transportation and Warehousing--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for transportation and warehousing establishments with payroll include number of establishments, revenue, payroll, and employment by kind of business for states and metropolitan areas. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC48.HTM

Utilities--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for utilities establishments with payroll include number of establishments, revenue, payroll, and employment by kind of business for states and metropolitan areas. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC22.HTM

Trade
National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation is the worldís largest retail trade association. Website has numerous links with information about government affairs, information technology, electronic commerce, publications, and much more.
www.nrf.com/default-java.htm

Retail Trade--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for retail trade establishments with payroll include number of establishments, sales, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC44.HTM

Wholesale Trade--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for wholesale trade establishments with payroll include number of establishments, sales, payroll, employment, operating expenses, and inventories. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC42.HTM

Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance
Banking Industry: Statistics, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Quarterly statistics on the banking industry, by state. Includes number of and financial information about FDIC-insured institutions and branches, and historical data from 1934 to present.
www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical

Finance and Insurance--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for finance and insurance establishments with payroll include number of establishments, revenue, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC52.HTM

Local Office and Industrial Real Estate Trends and Statistics, Cushman and Wakefield
Quarterly analysis and data for selected metropolitan areas include office building sales, vacancy rates, rents, leasing activity, construction completions, and data on industrial building rents, leasing activity, and construction completions.
www.cushwake.com/scripts/drill.cfm?pathSection=research&world_id=1&officePath=statistics

MoneyTree Survey, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Quarterly survey of venture capital investments by region, state, and industry.
204.198.129.80

Mortgage Market Reports, Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Mortgage market forecasts and analysis for states and selected metropolitan areas.
www.mbaa.org/marketdata

National Information Center, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Information on individual banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest. Data include financial reports, summary ratios, performance ratios, acquisition and institution histories, balance sheets, income statements, and more.
www.ffiec.gov/nic

Real Estate and Construction Service--Info Center, WEFA
Detailed forecasts for all 50 states and 247 MSAs are released quarterly. Forecasts include housing starts, existing-home sales, mortgage originations and delinquencies, nonresidential construction put in place, and detailed demographic data.
www.wefa.com/capabilities/forecasting/us_economic/index2b.cfm

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for real estate and rental and leasing establishments with payroll include number of establishments, revenue, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC53.HTM

Small Business Lending in the United States, Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration
Annual report has data collected by the Federal Reserve on lending activity of about 9,000 reporting commercial banks. Banks are ranked for each state on their small business lending activity.
www.sba.gov/advo/stats/lending

Services
Accommodation and Foodservices - Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for accommodation and foodservices establishments with payroll include number of establishments, sales, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC72.HTM

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services - Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for administrative and support and waste management and remediation services establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC56.HTM

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation - Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC71.HTM

Educational Services--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for educational services establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC61.HTM

Health Care and Social Assistance--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for health care and social assistance establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC62.HTM

Management of Companies and Enterprises--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for management of companies and enterprises establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, sales/revenue, payroll, and employment. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC55.HTM

Other Services (Except Public Administration)--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for other services establishments subject to federal income tax include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC81.HTM

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services--Geographic Area Series, Economic Census, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
General statistics for professional, scientific, and technical services establishments with payroll include number of establishments, receipts, payroll, and employment by kind of business. Data are available for states, counties, and places with 2,500 people or more.
www.census.gov/epcd/www/97EC54.HTM

Research and Statistics, U.S. Travel Data Center, Travel Industry Association of America
Shows the economic significance of the travel and tourism industry at the national, state and local levels. Data include size, characteristics, and growth of existing and emerging travel markets, and qualitative trend analysis and quantitative forecasts of future impact.
www.tia.org/research

The Role of the Federal Government
Consolidated Federal Funds Report, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State- and county-level data include direct federal expenditures or obligations, salaries and wages, direct payment for individuals, procurement contract awards, and other federal assistance. Data are categorized by federal agency.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/cffr.html

Governments Overview, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
List of census data and programs covering local, state, and federal agencies and activities.
www.census.gov/econ/www/governme.html

Miscellaneous Sites
Economy-Wide Statistics, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-level economic information including statistics about small business, minority- and women-owned businesses, nonemployer statistics, financial statistics, research databases, and more.
www.census.gov/econ/www/mu0500.html

National Current Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
National, regional, and state data on employment, hours, and earnings by industry.
stats.bls.gov/ceshome.htm

Listservs
ITSC Unemployment Insurance
Topic Covered: Unemployment insurance topics include appeals, benefits, Internet, and more. Not restricted to those in Maryland.
To subscribe, visit: www.itsc.state.md.us


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