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Industry Research

Step-by-step guide for conducting industry research with links to sources of information

Statistical Sources

  • U.S. Census Bureau.  Beginning point to find statistics from the Census Bureau, including Economic Census statistics on industries.
  • Chambers of Commerce.  Provide information about specific cities.  Search Google, e.g. "Spokane Chamber of Commerce", include quotes.
  • County Business Patterns.  Annual series includes a separate report for each State by county and a U.S. summary.  Covers agricultural services, forestry, and fisheries; mining; contract construction; manufacturing; transportation and other public utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; and services.  Available back through 1993.
  • Washington State. Office of Financial Management.  Provides estimates of state and local population, monitors changes in the state economy and labor force, and conducts research on a variety of issues affecting the state budget and public policy.
  • Idaho.  Department of Commerce.  Provides access to economic and demographic statistics for the State of Idaho, its counties, and cities; provides information on the business climate and tourism.
  • FDIC State Profiles. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Provides a quarterly data sheet summation of banking and economic conditions in each state.
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