About NETS Data


The National Establishment Time-Series Manufacturing Database (NETS-MDB) is a historical database that provides time-series information on establishment sales growth performance, job creation and destruction, changes in primary markets, mobility patterns, and historical D&B ratings.

It contains time-series data for roughly 4 million U.S. manufacturing establishments from January 1990 to January 2014 and uses the detailed 8-digit SIC classification system (over 18,500 industries) allowing users to drill down to specific sectors of interest in order to examine the full role of manufacturing in the U.S. economy.

Access & Terms of Use

NETS-MDB consists of a 6 GB file of individual establishment time-series records in tab-delimited ASCII text format.

Registered users will be able to access the NETS-MDB on a secure Duke Box.com folder and should download the data, and its accompanying help files as needed for use in their own database or statistical analysis software.

NETS-MDB and its accompanying files are governed by the Terms of Use document linked below

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You must affirm these Terms of Use during registration.


Current Duke University students, faculty, and staff may register for NETS-MDB below.

Upon verification, registered users will receive a folder-sharing email from Duke Box.com allowing access to NETS-MDB.

Enter your Duke Net ID and password to register