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Category
Businesses

Brief overview
The Center for Economic Studies (CES), part of the U.S. Census, provides a range of economic data from a number of surveys. Researchers must first apply for access to the RDC to gain special sworn status from the Census. All research must protect the confidentiality of the data accessed.

Level
Micro-level data on the establishment and transaction is available.

Coverage
The range of years available will depend on the specific survey; however, most predate 1980. The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM), for example, has data available from 1973-2008.

Measures
Micro-level data is available for those who qualify. The data include: economic census, business register data, establishment surveys and data, firm surveys and data, and transaction data.

Frequency
Depending on the dataset, data is updated monthly quarterly, annually, and for some, every five years.

Method
RDCs maintain and enhance micro-level data collected over time.

Access
Link to Census CES

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