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County Business Patterns: 1994-1995
1. What is it?
- A statistical CD-ROM containing information about businesses with one or more paid employees. It includes data on agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transportation, wholesale trade, retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, and services. Subjects include number of employees, payroll, number of establishments. Data is by SIC code and is available for the U. S. and for every state and county.
2. Who produces it?
- U.S. Commerce Department, Census Bureau
3. Are there guides to using it?
- You may want to use the Standard Industrial Classification Manual (SIC Manual) to determine SIC numbers of interest. (Documents Collection, PrEx 2. 6/2: In 27/987)
4. Is it updated?
5. Can the CD-ROM be checked out?
6. Sudoc number (disc's call number in C. T. Ryan Library):
- C 3. 204/4: (years)/CD (Library has 1986 - 2003 on CD.)
7. Is there a paper equivalent in C. T. Ryan Library?
- Yes, see: C 3. 204/3-(numbers): (year). Individual report for each state through 1997. Reports 1993 - 2004 are online: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS547 (2004 was the last year paper reports were issued.)
- Select a year. Press Enter.
- Select the U. S. or a state. Press Enter.
- Select a county (or state totals). Press Enter.
- A list of general business categories will be shown. The numbering system is the Standard Industrial Code (SIC) system. If you have trouble finding the category you need, use the SIC Manual (above).
- Move the cursor to the category you want and press the tab key. More detailed data will appear. You may then select a line in the table and press enter for an even more detailed breakdown.
- You may select by SIC number (press "S") or "browse" the same data for several counties (or states) by pressing "B".
- A glossary is available by pressing "G".
- Press P. Move cursor to Print table to printer.
- Press Enter.
- Place a portable storage device in drive.
- Press P. (Enter) Select "Print table to file."
- When File Name: C:\ appears, erase C:\ and type (drive letter):\ then type in the name of your file.
- Press "end" to exit. Answer "Y" for yes.
Format courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA
Diana J. Keith
Government Documents Librarian
Government Documents Department
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
Revised June, 2009