Source: US Census Bureau
From press release
This annual factbook contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and international statistics. The source of the data is not limited to the Census Bureau -- statistics are also derived from other federal agencies and private sources. Data in this edition are generally for the most recent year or period available by spring 2011.
BUSINESS: In 2009, there were roughly 388,000 business startups (businesses less than 1 year old), which created 2.2 million jobs. While service industry firms aged 1-10 years experienced the largest number of firm deaths (212,000), the manufacturing industry experienced the greatest amount of job loss due to firm deaths and contractions, losing almost 1.3 million jobs. All industries together suffered a net job loss of 4.8 million in 2009. Of the 27.1 million U.S. firms in 2007, nearly 7.8 million were women-owned and 5.8 million were minority-owned. Together, women and minority-owned businesses earned more than $2.2 trillion in sales.
ENERGY: In 2009, passenger cars, light trucks, vans, and SUVs consumed more than 15.2 quadrillion Btus and 86 million gallons of gasoline, more than all other modes of transportation, including air, transit, rail, water, and pipeline, put together. Renewable energy production has almost doubled from 4.69 quadrillion Btus in 1975 to 8.06 quadrillion Btus in 2010. More than half of the renewable energy produced in 2010 was from organic non-fossil materials of biological origin, known as biomass (4.31 quadrillion Btu).
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