Economic Census deadline is approaching

This month, about 5 million U.S. businesses will receive 2002 Economic Census forms, and 130,000 construction companies were included on the mailing list. Those who receive the 2002 Economic Census, which is conducted every five years, are required to return the completed forms under Title 13, U.S. Code. The deadline is Feb. 12, 2003.

There are about 600 versions of the basic census form; the versions are structured according to companies and industries. For the first time, the census seeks to measure e-commerce, and many respondents now can file their forms electronically.

The Economic Census is used by federal agencies to measure economic activity; state and local agencies to develop economic and regional plans; and trade associations, chambers of commerce and business journals to project trends. The Economic Census will gather information from about 1,000 industries in 50,000 geographic areas.