Economic and Demographic Data
State and County QuickFacts (Census Bureau) - a great place for quick overviews. Choose a state to dig down further into this geography. Click on "Browse Data Sets for North Carolina to find economic characteristics.
County Business Patterns (Census Bureau) - industry information including number of establishments, payroll and number of employees; 1993 onwards; county information is suppressed when an individual business could be identified; search the library catalog for historical data.
Industry & Local Business Statistics - one-page reports that provide selected statistics about industries and local business communities.
LED's Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) (Census Bureau) - for metro areas only; detailed analysis by age, sex, new hires vs. more experienced workers, earnings, etc.; history varies by state's participation.
Statistical Abstract of the United States - provides historical economic and demographic information
ReferenceUSA - information on individual businesses, including size of business by sales and number of employees; no history.
NetAdvantage - a comprehensive source of information and analysis on companies including financials and market trends.
Hoover's Online - provides comprehensive company profiles which contain company overviews and histories, including some coverage of private companies.
Provides detailed industry analysis and market research reports on more than 16,000 lines of business in national and local markets.
Business Source Complete
Provides full-text business journals and hundreds of scholarly, peer-reviewed journals covering all aspects of business. Includes industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Many of the reports are published by Datamonitor.
Reports provide insights into over eighteen industry categories through over 700 market research reports.
Frost & Sullivan
Offers current, full-text, technical reports, economic reports, and market analyses on emerging high-technology and industrial markets in 50 countries. Reports are from primary and secondary research from 1998 to present with many current reports available.
IBISWorld Industry Research
A comprehensive source of information and analysis on industries.
A comprehensive, professional source of investment information and analysis on industries and companies. Includes S&P's Industry Surveys and Global Industry Surveys, with peer company data and key ratios in Excel downloadable format.