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Economic Census: Industry Snapshots

Wholesale Trade (NAICS 42)

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The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from the Economic Census and per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates. Data from County Business Patterns may also be shown when information from the 2012 Economic Census are not yet available. See the Economic Census release schedule and the Snapshot FAQs for more information.

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Key Industry Statistics: United States



1997 2002 2007 2012 07-12
% Chg
Number of establishments 453,470 435,521 434,983 418,780 -3.7%
Sales ($ Millions) 4,059,658 4,634,755 6,515,709 7,188,763 10.3%
Annual payroll ($ Millions) 214,915 259,653 336,207 368,739 9.7%
Total employment 5,796,557 5,878,405 6,227,389 6,068,720 -2.5%
Sales per establishment ($1,000) 8,952 10,642 14,979 17,166 14.6%
Sales per employee ($1,000) 700 788 1,046 1,185 13.2%
Sales per $ of payroll 18.9 17.8 19.4 19.5 .6%
Payroll per employee ($) 37,076 44,171 53,988 60,761 12.5%
Employees per establishment 12.8 13.5 14.3 14.5 1.2%
Sales per capita ($) 15,234 16,108 21,626 22,900 5.9%
Population per establishment 588 661 693 750 8.2%

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Sales: United States
Millions of dollars
Sales per Employee: United States
Thousands of dollars






Source: 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 Economic Census and Population Estimates
Data in this Snapshot include only establishments with paid employees. See Industry Snapshot FAQs. All figures are in current dollars for the period shown, and do not reflect changes
in prices. For information on how these data are derived, see the Methodology text from the Economic Census and Population Estimates.
For more statistics about this industry, see the Industry Statistics Portal.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Census | Last Revised: Feb 28, 2012