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Business owners to receive Economic Census forms

BRECKENRIDGE – The Bureau of the Census will distribute Economic Census forms to 1,200 businesses in Summit County as part of an evaluation it conducts every five years to determine the health of the U.S. economy.

Five million Americans will received the forms by Dec. 5. Business owners are required by law to fill them out and return them by Feb. 12, 2003.

The census measures the gross national product, production and price indices and other statistical measures that indicate what kind of short-term changes are taking place in the economy.

Census officials evaluate retail and wholesale trade, service, transportation, manufacturing, mineral and construction industries. Special programs also evaluate enterprise industry and information from minority-owned and women-owned businesses. A separate census evaluates agriculture and government.

Among the businesses evaluated in the retail and service trades – the two sectors that represent the bulk of Summit County’s economic engine – are building materials, general merchandise, food, apparel, furniture, restaurants and bars and retail stores.

In the service industry, officials evaluate hotels, personal and business services, motion pictures, amusement and recreation, health and legal services, some educational services, museums, art galleries, selected membership organizations and accounting, engineering and management services.

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