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The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the United States economy, including Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. The economic census, is the primary source of facts about each of the island areas' economies, and features the only recognized source of data at a geographic level equivalent to U.S. counties. Economic Census statistics for the island areas serve to benchmark estimates of local net income and gross domestic product, and provide essential information for government (Federal and local), business, and the general public.
The 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas will cover the following sectors (as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)): Mining, Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing; Wholesale and Retail Trades, Transportation and Warehousing, Information; Finance and Insurance; Real Estate and Rental and Leasing; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services; Educational Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; and Other Services (except Public Administration). This scope is roughly equivalent to that of the stateside economic census. The information collected will produce basic statistics by kind of business on the number of establishments, sales/shipments/receipts/revenue, payroll, and employment. The census will also yield a variety of industry-specific statistics, including sales/receipts by commodity/merchandise/receipt lines, sales/shipments by class of customer, and number of hotel rooms.
To improve calculations of gross domestic product for the island areas, 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas questionnaires include new questions on capital expenditures, depreciation, and selected expenses along with a refinement to the fringe benefits question from the 2007 Economic Census. The collection of data from non-employers in American Samoa has been eliminated from the 2012 Economic Census.
The primary strategy for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic data collection including the Economic Census is to increase electronic reporting through the broader use of electronic collection methods.
The 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas will be conducted using mailout/mailback procedures with an Internet reporting option. Establishments will be selected from the Census Bureau's Business Register. An establishment will be included in the 2012 Island Areas Economic Census if: (a) Is engaged in any of the sectors within the scope of the census listed above; (b) it is an active operating establishment with payroll; and (c) it is located in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or American Samoa.
Puerto Rico: 50,000.
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: 1,500.
U.S. Virgin Islands: 3,000.
American Samoa: 600.
Puerto Rico: 1 hour.
Guam: 45 minutes.
Commonwealth of Northern Marianas: 45 minutes.
U.S. Virgin Islands: 45 minutes.
American Samoa: 45 minutes.
Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.