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NBER-CES Manufacturing Industry Database updated on SDS and SSG

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NBER and the U.S. Census Bureau recently released an updated version of the NBER-CES Manufacturing Industry Database. Their webpage provides more details, and their announcement is listed after the break.

The database is of particular utility to users of the SynLBD.  An earlier version (provided directly to Lars Vilhuber by Randy Becker) was present on our servers previously - the new version has replaced that version on both servers.

Dear Researchers:

We are happy to announce that an update to the NBER-CES Manufacturing Industry Database is now available, covering 1958-2009.  This database is a joint effort between the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies (CES), containing annual industry-level data on output, employment, payroll and other input costs, investment, capital stocks, TFP, and various industry-specific price indexes.  The database covers all manufacturing industries and is available in two versions: by 1987 SIC codes (459 industries) and by 1997 NAICS codes (473 industries).

The data and documentation are available on the NBER website at

Please note that the definition of the manufacturing sector changed in 1997, when the industry classification system shifted from SIC to NAICS, so that several industries are in manufacturing under one definition and not the other.  Those industries' observations are missing for either 1958-1996 or 1997-2009.  A translation table between SIC and NAICS industries is also available on the NBER website, along with detailed documentation of these and other issues related to the dataset.

We hope that these data will prove useful to your research.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or data corrections, please feel free to contact us:

Wayne Gray, NBER and Clark University ( and/or
Randy Becker, Census Bureau (