The Industry Verification Form
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, is a Federal/State cooperative effort that compiles monthly
employment data, quarterly wages data, and business identification information from employers subject to State
Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws.
There are nearly 9.5 million establishments on file with the States. These establishments cover all civilian employers
(except interstate railroads) and some agricultural, domestic, and charitable organization employers. The BLS reviews
private sector employers' North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and geographic codes on a three-year
cycle. Government establishments are not reviewed routinely. Each year, approximately one-third of private sector
establishments are reviewed and updated, if necessary.
For this purpose, the BLS-3023 Industry Verification Forms, collectively known as Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) forms, are
used in conjunction with the UI tax reporting system in each State. As a result, changes in the industrial and geographical
compositions of our economy are captured in a timely manner and reflected in the BLS statistical programs. This survey is
authorized by Federal law 29 U.S.C. 2. Although employer cooperation is not required by Federal law, twenty-five States have
laws that make completion of the ARS mandatory.
The BLS has developed three distinct ARS forms. Each form is designed to verify and to collect specific information concerning
the employer's industrial activity, geographic location, business mailing address, and physical location address. The ARS
also asks employers to identify new locations in the State. If these employers meet QCEW program reporting criteria, then a
Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) requests employment and wages for each worksite each quarter. Thus, the ARS is also used to
identify new potential MWR-eligible employers.
The BLS 3023-NVS form is for employers that have a single worksite within a State. This form asks employers
to verify a business activity description associated with their existing NAICS code. If that description is correct, the
employer confirms the accuracy of the NAICS code. If the description is incorrect, the employer describes the business
activities and the approximate percentage of the revenue or production derived from each activity.
The BLS 3023-NVM form is for employers that have multiple worksites within a given State and applies the
same verification methods used on the BLS 3023-NVS form. This form was designed to reduce employer burden. A company would
receive one form containing all worksites with their NAICS codes and a description of the business activity for each of those
worksites. When each of the worksites are engaged in the same activity, the form is simpler. Otherwise, employers that have
worksites with different NAICS codes are sent one BLS 3023-NVM form with separate information for each worksite with a different
The BLS 3023-NCA form is used to collect information from those establishments that are in NAICS Code 999999
(Unclassified Establishments). These are establishments for which no information is available regarding their industrial activities.
Employers that receive BLS 3023-NCA forms are asked to provide detailed descriptions of their economic activities. States use the
BLS 3023-NCA forms to gather information on new business establishments.
The BLS constantly pursues automated reporting options to reduce employer burden and costs. Some employers with a single worksite
within a State can use the BLS Touchtone Response System (TRS). Employers can use the TRS only if they meet certain
criteria. First, a physical location must exist for an establishment. Second, the NAICS code currently assigned to that establishment
cannot be NAICS code 999999 (Unclassified Establishments). Finally, the establishment must contain a United States business mailing
address. If all of these conditions are met and there are no changes to any of these data elements, then the employer can use the TRS.
The BLS has added other self-reporting options for the ARS. The first web- reporting option, ARSweb, is offered for
the NVS and NCA. Another electronic reporting option, NVMweb, is for employers with multiple locations within a
particular State. Essentially, there are no differences in the information obtained via ARSweb and NVMweb. ARSweb is for
single-establishment employers; NVMweb is for multi-establishment employers.
By using the telephone or the secure website, respondents help BLS by saving taxpayer money on paper, postage and their associated costs and burden. Respondents are asked to furnish the same information as they did in the past. Emphasizing more cost-effective response options help to maintain the data quality for users of QCEW program data.
For questions concerning the Industry Verification form please check our FAQ Page or contact the State listed at the top of your form (Click Here For State Contact Information)
Last Modified Date: November 6, 2014