Census Bureau: Online Shopping, Mail Order Businesses Up 27%
The U.S. Census Bureau released some new stats on Thursday, including that online shopping establishments were up 27.4% between 2011 and 2012. It says the number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses establishments grew from 23,697 to 30,185 in that time period.
Employment climbed 13.7 percent to 365,508, the bureau said, but the retail trade sector as a whole (including brick and mortars) only rose 0.1 percent, with employment climbing 0.7 percent.
“Unlike traditional stores, which are located throughout the country, online shopping establishments and jobs are in concentrated areas,” said William Bostic Jr., the Census Bureau’s associate director for economic programs.
The bureau offers a “Census Explorer: Retail Edition” interactive map that lets you browse neighborhood statistics and geographic concentration of electronic shopping and mail-order houses.
“Reversing a four-year decline, the data show that the total number of U.S. businesses with paid employees grew by more than 77,000 establishments to 7.4 million in 2012, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2011,” the bureau said.
Counties in Southern California, the New York metro area, the Chicago metro area, and other metro areas including Memphis, Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, Columbus (OH), and Minneapolis saw the biggest employment increases in electronic shopping and mail-order houses.
The bureau also cites these geographic highlights:
You can take a look at the bureau’s methodology here if you like.
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