Retail Trade Is the Top Sector in the Five U.S. Territories

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Retail Trade Is the Top Sector in the Five U.S. Territories

The retail trade sector has more establishments than any other sector in all five U.S. territories, mirroring the economy of the United States.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results from the 2017 Economic Census for U.S. territories: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are covered by the 2017 Economic Census of Island Areas.

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U.S. economic indicators numbers do not include U.S. territories and these new statistics are the most detailed Census Bureau business data available on those territories.

The data are published for the territories as well as for areas equivalent to county and place areas in the United States. Data for Puerto Rico also include metropolitan areas and Planning Regions.

Continue reading to learn more about:

  • How the territories and states differ
  • How some industries fared in island areas 2012-2017
  • Business distribution in the territories
  • Why Island Areas Economic Census matters

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