24 Nov 2008

2007 Economic census report to be released next year

11:20 am on 24 November 2008

The United States Census Bureau says the 2007 Economic Census report for the U.S. territories will be released next year.

The Census Bureau says the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' report will be released in March, and reports for American Samoa and Guam will be released in May.

American Samoa's 2007 Economic Census was carried out late last year.

The Economic Census of American Samoa, taken every five years, provides statistics used for developing the economic policies and successful business planning.

The local Department of Commerce announced last year that business owners are required by law to answer the 2007 American Samoa census forms.

The Economic Census results identify business trends and measure economic growth.

Government, businesses and individuals use the American Samoa Economic Census data for planning and market development.

Information collected in the 2007 Economic Census includes the number of employees, payroll, and the types and value of goods and services provided by businesses during 2007.