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Subject: size of US Business Population
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: meaulnes-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 08 Aug 2006 12:06 PDT
Expires: 07 Sep 2006 12:06 PDT
Question ID: 753879
Hello. I'm guessing/hoping there's someone out there 
who can either point me in the direction of the right
answer or let me know whether the question can be answered...

I'm trying to find a definte source for the size of US business
population. On this page we see that
there's currently (roughly) 12 million US businesses registered
with the NAICS. The first question would be how current this number is
(I'm guessing there might be someone out there familiar with the way
folks operate). I'm trying to find a breakdown of these categories
in size of enterprise or establishment... relative to number of 
employees. So, for example, for Mining (with 26,025 businesses) I'd like be
able to say x% of firms have 1-100, y% have 101-500, z% have 501-100, etc.
Ideally I'd also like to be able these results into smaller groups, so I could
could know how many  have, say, 500-600, 601-700, etc. I would also like to be
able to split Public Administration into Federal, State and Municipal.

Please advise whether this a request that can be properly addressed
for the amount I am initially offering.

Many thanks.
Subject: Re: size of US Business Population
Answered By: czh-ga on 08 Aug 2006 14:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello meaulnes-ga,

When you need economic statistics and NAICS breakdowns the US Census
Bureau is usually a good place to start. I believe the information
you?re looking for is available from the US Census Bureau site. I
suggest that you start on the Census Bureau Economic Programs page and
explore the links provided there.

You can start with the table "Tabulated by Employment Size" and look
at the Excel file for  "U.S., All Industries." This table gives you
detailed statistics for all NAICS codes by size of employers broken
into fairly small categories.
Tabulated by employment size:
U.S., all industries [xls 1.5 MB] 
Number of Firms, Number of Establishments, Employment, and Annual Payroll
by Employment Size of the Enterprise for the United States, All Industries  2003

Employment Size of the Enterprise

If you need further detail or want to have the information organized
in a different way you can continue your explorations on the US Census
site. The geographic detailed tables might be what you?re looking for
in different administrative/governmental levels you ask about. The US
Census Bureau produces an incredible variety of statistics and
reports. Be sure to explore the website to see all their offerings.
Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Data files used in the Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) program
were created from the annual County Business Patterns (CBP) files. The
SUSB data files are developed in cooperation with, and partially
funded by, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA).

We have data files from 1989 to 2003 which we can tabulate at various
geographic levels and industry detail.

To view recent tabulations of our data by enterprise size for the
U.S., States, and/or MSA's, select a year:

   2003  |  2002   |  2001   |  2000
Tabulations by Enterprise Size:
2003    [Click on links below to view and/or download data files] 

Data include number of firms, number of establishments, employment,
and annual payroll, and receipts.
The industry classification is based on 2002 NAICS.

Tabulated by employment size:
Note: An establishment with 0 employment is an establishment reporting
no paid employees in the mid-March pay period, but paid employees at
some time during the year.
 -- U.S. and all States, totals [xls 41 KB] 
 -- U.S., all industries [xls 1.5 MB] 
 -- States, sectors [xls 670 KB] 
 -- U.S., sectors (large employment size groups- up to 10,000+) [xls 27 KB] 
 -- U.S., sectors (large employment size groups- up to 2,500+) [xls 196 KB] 
 -- Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), sectors  (Coming Soon)
 -- 1988-2003 U.S and all States, totals [xls 412 KB] 
 -- View 2003 U.S. and State data as HTML tables
US Census Bureau
Business and Industry
Census Bureau Economic Programs

The NAICS system is also under the Census Bureau?s umbrella. You can
click over to the NAICS site to see what products they offer. The
NAICS Association is a private company that repackages the US Census
and other governmental reports. Be sure to compare what they offer to
the products offered by the US Census.
NAICS 2002 includes substantial revisions within the Construction and
Wholesale Trade sectors, and a number of revisions for the Retail and
Information sectors. NAICS 2002 will be implemented in the 2002
Economic Census.
This is the official U.S. Government site to order either the printed
or CD-ROM version of the NAICS Manual
Federal Register notice describes changes adopted for NAICS 2007.
The NAICS Association, a private company that markets NAICS-related
information, lists four key questions that can be answered using their
 -- Who are potential customers?
 -- What industries should be targeted?
 -- How are lists of potential customers obtained?
 -- What are the NAICS or SIC codes of customers?

Manuals of NAICS information released by the U.S. government are
available and include alphabetized lists of NAICS and SIC codes. Data
is also available on CD-ROM format for ease of database referencing.

I trust that the information I?ve provided will meet your needs. Be
sure to ask for clarification if you need help for sorting through the
resources I?ve provided.

All the best.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by meaulnes-ga on 08 Aug 2006 15:02 PDT
Greetings czh-ga

... and thanks! I spent a little time after posting
the question and came up with most of what you provided...
which is cool. Always good to have stuff verified.

The trickiest part of the question has turned out
to about the split of Public Administration establishments
along federal, state and municipal lines... can you address
this part of the question?

again, many thanks!

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 08 Aug 2006 15:23 PDT
Hello meaulnes-ga,

I'd be happy to find more information for you. Please tell me exactly
what you mean when you say you're looking for "the split of Public
Administration establishments along federal, state and municipal
lines." Are you looking for specific NAICS codes? Are you looking for
geographic divisions? Please tell me what you've already found and why
it's not quite what you need. The more you can tell me about the
context of your question, the greater the likelihood I can get you the
information you need. Thanks.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by meaulnes-ga on 08 Aug 2006 15:43 PDT

I've been able to find everything in original question except
for matters related to the public sector.

so, here:
we have the amount being spent by fed, state and local governments.
what I'd like to know is the number of establishments (similar to the
way the NAICS folks offer spending and establishments). 

I hope I've been able to clarify my request enough.

cheers and thanks!

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 08 Aug 2006 16:30 PDT
Hello again meaulnes-ga,

I think you want the tables from the 2002 Census of Governments. There
is a tremendous amount of information here, sliced and diced in
different ways. I think the links to the Volume 3 reports below might
give you the granularity of detail you?re looking for. Please let me
know if you need anything more.

~ czh ~
Federal, State, and Local Governments
2002 Census of Governments

Publications - 2002 Census of Governments
Volume 3, No. 1, Employment of Major Local Governments
(Released: June 2004) 
204 pages
Volume 3, No. 2, Compendium of Public Employment 
(Released: September 2004) 
311 pages
meaulnes-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
very quick and helpful response to most of my request. rather than pursue
more in followup I decided to post a new question zeroing in on what I need
to know...

many thanks for the good work.

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