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.
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...
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