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U.S. Census: Manufacturing/Construction

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Overview

The Manufacturing and Construction Division of the Census Bureau collects statistics on manufacturing and construction in the United States.  There are several programs within each section; the main programs are listed here.

 

Manufacturing

  • Manufacturers' Inventories, Shipments and Orders - The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey provides broad-based,
    monthly statistical data on economic conditions in the domestic manufacturing sector. The survey measures current industrial activity and provides an indication of future business trends.
  • Annual Survey of Manufactures - The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee. Among the statistics included in this survey: employment, payroll, value added by manufacture, cost of materials consumed, value of shipments, detailed capital expenditures, supplemental labor costs, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories by stage of fabrication.
  • Current Industrial Reports - The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. Although production and shipments information are the two most common data items collected, the CIR program collects other measures also such as inventories, orders, and consumption. These surveys measure manufacturing activity in important commodity areas such as textiles and apparel, chemicals, primary metals, computer and electronic components, industrial equipment, aerospace equipment, and consumer goods.

 

Construction

  • New Residential Construction - The purpose of the New Residential Construction survey is to provide statistics on the construction of new privately-owned residential structures in the United States. Data included in the survey are (1) the number of new housing units authorized by building permits; (2) the number of housing units authorized to be built, but not yet started; (3) the number of housing units started; (4) the number of housing units under construction; and (5) the number of housing units completed. The data relate to new housing units intended for occupancy and maintained by the occupants. They exclude hotels, motels, and group residential structures such as nursing homes and college dormitories.
  • Building Permits - Part of the New Residential Construction survey.
  • New Residential Sales - The purpose of the New Residential Sales survey is to provide statistics on the sales of new privately-owned single-family residential structures in the United States. Data included in the survey are (1) the number of new single-family houses sold; (2) the number of new single-family houses for sale; and (3) the median and average sales prices of new homes sold. Excluded from these estimates are "HUD-code" manufactured (mobile) home units.
  • Construction Spending (Value Put in Place) - Survey of spending for various types of construction.

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