North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) publishes industry estimates based on the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). NAICS-based estimates are available for December 2000 to the present.
The JOLTS program publishes estimates by supersector and select sectors that are within scope of the JOLTS program; excluded are agriculture and private households. Publicly-owned establishments are classified in government. JOLTS publishes estimates for the following NAICS supersectors and select sectors listed below. Seasonally adjusted data are available for all series.
Mining and Logging
Durable Goods Manufacturing
Nondurable Goods Manufacturing
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities
(All Sectors Combined)
Finance and Insurance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional and Business Services
(All Sectors Combined)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
State and Local Government Education
State and Local Government, excluding Education
After 60 years of use, the SIC system was retired and replaced by NAICS. NAICS is the product of a collaborative effort between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Sharing a common classification system allows, for the first time ever, direct comparison of economic data across borders in North America.
NAICS is a "clean slate" revision of the system used to classify establishments by industry. Unlike previous SIC revisions, the NAICS changes are fundamental. The NAICS system recognizes hundreds of new businesses in our economy, largely in the fast-growing service sector. The notice making NAICS effective in the United States was issued in April 1997. The first NAICS manual was published in mid-1998, and has been revised four times; once in 2002, once in 2007, 2012, and again in 2017.
At the heart of NAICS is a production-based concept of classification; that is, NAICS classifies each establishment into a detailed industry based on the production processes it uses. Under the SIC system, some establishments were classified according to the production processes, but others were classified using different criteria, such as class of customer. Thus, reclassification under NAICS substantially changes how many and which businesses are included in certain sectors.
Auxiliary establishments, which provide services such as warehousing, personnel, or data processing to other organizations within the same company, are classified in the same industry as their parent companies under the SIC. NAICS, however, classifies these establishments according to the services they provide.
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The production of SIC-based estimates was discontinued. Historical SIC-based estimates are available for December 2000 through April 2003.
Last Modified Date: December 28, 2021