Economic Census of American Samoa
To provide periodic and comprehensive data on American Samoa's economic activity and structure. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for mandatory responses. The Government of American Samoa assists with the census.
The census will cover the following sectors (as defined by 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 equivalent to that of the stateside economic census.
All establishments provide data on total sales, receipts, or revenue, kind of business, legal form of organization, employment, annual and first quarter payroll, and sources of sales, receipts or revenue.
For the first time in 2002 and every 5 years thereafter, for years ending in "2" and "7."
The census is conducted using the mailout/mail-back methodology. To be included in the American Samoa census, an establishment will be required to be an active establishment (with or without payroll). A Memorandum of Agreement between the Census Bureau and the American Samoa Government outlines the conditions under which the censuses are conducted.
Census products summarize data by kind of business for American Samoa and its districts. Tabulations will include statistics on the number of establishments; sales, receipts or revenue; annual payroll, first quarter payroll, and employment. Tabulations will also summarize basic information by sales size category, by employment size category and industry composition by legal form of organization. The information will be available in a printed report and electronically, on CD-ROM and on the Internet.
The Department of Interior uses data to assess economic policy for American Samoa. The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses data to help in assessment of damages due to natural disasters. Local governments use census data to assess business activities within their jurisdiction and to estimate the size and composition of economic sectors. The Government of American Samoa uses estimates to benchmark and weigh indexes of industrial production and productivity. The private sector uses the data to forecast general economic conditions.
Only source of economic data for American Samoa.