MODULES

There are currently seven modules, with additional modules coming online later in 2022. Click on a box in the matrix below for a description of the module, examples of variables, and typical uses in community and economic development research and strategy development. Please click here for a complete list of variables included in each module. Once you have learned about the modules, you can use the tabs above or click here to progress to ordering data.

URBAN AND REGIONAL INDUSTRY PROFILES
NATIONAL INDUSTRY STUDIES
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD ECONOMY
INNOVATION ECONOMY AND DISTRICTS
EQUITY INDICATORS
CAPITAL AVAILABILITY
PEER GEOGRAPHIES (coming in 2022)
NEIGHBORHOOD AND CORRIDOR ANALYSIS (coming in 2022)
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URBAN AND REGIONAL INDUSTRY PROFILES

Good data is foundational for creating inclusive economic development strategies (see here, here, and here). Using data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and the USDA Census of Agriculture, this module provides comprehensive information on the industries and clusters that drive urban and regional economies. Data are available from 2001 to the current year (with a lag time of six months) for employment and payroll and are available on a quarterly or annual basis. Data can be provided for sectors (2-digit NAICS codes), subsectors (3-digit), industry groups (4-digit), detailed industries (5- and 6-digit), BEA industries, and Porter clusters. Turnaround time is 48 hours.

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NATIONAL INDUSTRY STUDIES

Researchers and policymakers are often interested in trends that affect national employment and output in specific industries, both traditional and new economy. Users can select one or a set of 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-digit NAICS for counties; regions, including metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), micropolitan statistical areas (microSAs), combined statistical areas (CSAs), BEA economic areas (EAs), Commuter Zones (CZs), and Partial Economic Areas (PEAs); states; federal regions; and the U.S. Data include employment, establishments, and payroll for 2001-2021. Turnaround time is 48 hours.

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PEER GEOGRAPHIES

Development of economic growth and diversification or other community strategies can benefit from identification of similar areas that have achieved similar goals. The peer geographies module allows users to identify sets of geographic peers based on general attributes like demographic and economic characteristics or specific factors like concentration or growth in key industries. After the user chooses the target geography and comparison variables, data-Fab will identify the ten closest peers for each variable and provide current and time-series data for each geography-variable pair. Turnaround time on peer geographies is 72 hours.

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AGRICULTURE AND FOOD ECONOMY

Agriculture, food, and other related industries contribute over $1 trillion dollars to the US economy and in some states, food and beverage accounts for one in every five manufacturing jobs. Although parts of the food economy are associated with large numbers of low-wage jobs, the food economy also supports a range of middle-wage jobs as well as highly diverse entrepreneurship. This module provides information on commodity and specialty crop production, employment and payroll in food and supporting industries, and entrepreneurship by industry and owner characteristic for agriculture and food economy businesses for any set of US counties. Data are available for the most current year. Turnaround time is 48 hours.

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INNOVATION ECONOMY AND DISTRICTS

Although it has gained steam in the 21st century, the idea of the “innovation economy” as a regional and state growth framework dates back to at least the 1990s. The linking of innovation and place in dedicated districts known as “innovation districts” is more recent. This module provides data on regional innovation clusters and occupations, employment by stage of innovation, faculty and research staff capacity, capital flows that support innovation activity and where specifically requested, identification of eds and meds nodes by census tract. We recommend that potential users define pulls in consultation with data-Fab staff. Data are available for the most current year. Turnaround time is 96 hours.

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EQUITY INDICATORS

Equity indicators assess and track the extent to which urban and regional economies generate income and wealth for residents across demographic and geographic lines (e.g., racial, ethnic, sex/gender, educational attainment, neighborhood). The model set of indicators is adapted from a framework developed with Detroit Future City. Data are available for the most current year. Turnaround time is ten business days.

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CAPITAL AVAILABILITY

The availability of working and growth capital, especially for small businesses, is critical for equitable economic growth. This module provides detailed data on the locations of lenders (e.g., bank branches, bank branch deposits, and minority depository institutions); capital flows, including different types of bank lending (e.g., large banks, community development financial institutions, credit unions, SBA-backed loans) and federal innovation and technology grants (e.g., SBIR, STTR); and the inclusivity of lending practices by neighborhood demographics. Where available, capital data are disaggregated by business type, industry, and lending terms (e.g., interest rates). Data are available for the most current year. Turnaround time is five business days.

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