I have had a similar problem with my very first question that I posted on another SE. No matter how emphatically one states the actual question, there are those who will project their own interpretation onto the question and obtusely ignore the asker's intent.
If you want an answer in a reasonable amount of time, it may be best to delete the original question and post a new question as the process for resolving it seems to take an indefinite amount of time. Some people get their rocks off on being able to hinder others with a little red tape. Rather than get angry at them, which would only give them more pleasure, it is best to go around them. At least that is my experience.
Your question can be improved by completely eliminating your personal situation and ask a flat bland question asking for the procedure to obtain the data. I don't actually think of it as an improvement, but it should prevent those that would be trolls from choosing to interpret your explanation as the question itself.
These people who do this are a cancer on SE. Unfortunately it is difficult to eradicate cancer without also harming good cells, thus the cancer is allowed to grow. It's no different from any other position of power. People in such a position derive pleasure from making the 'little people' bend over backwards to pass under the red tape. They are of course 'just doing their job'.
That's the excuse so many give.
In my own experience, in NJ, USA, there is a department of labor and workforce development which gathers the information you would be interested in. Of course, each state may have such statistics gathered by a different department or a department that does the same stuff but is named differently. You might find equivalent statistics kept by a trade commission or a commerce department. The process to find the statistics is to contact any department of commerce and ask if they can help you locate those statistics. Government is always keeping track of local business so that they can better tax them. Bureaucracy being slow and inefficient as it is, the statistics may be years out of date. It will still give you a general indication of whether an area is worth looking at more closely.