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Industry Classification Updates

The 2012 Economic Census will reflect changes defined in the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), including NEW industries as well as a REALIGNMENT of a significant number of other industries. The impact of these changes can be seen in the Comparative Statistics and the Bridge Between 2012 NAICS and 2007 NAICS reports. Learn more about these changes below.

New Industries

Five new industries have been broken out from 2007 NAICS code 22119, Other Electric Power Generation.

2007 NAICS2012 NAICSNAICS Industry Title
22119 Other Electric Power Generation
 221114Solar Electric Power Generation
 221115Wind Electric Power Generation
 221116Geothermal Electric Power Generation
 221117Biomass Electric Power Generation
 221118Other Electric Power Generation

Realignment of Industries

The 2012 NAICS also includes a comprehensive review of the manufacturing sector. This has resulted in the consolidation of over 20% of the total number of manufacturing industries from 2007.

Industry realignment, consolidation, and other changes have occurred which affect other selected sectors, including:

  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade, and
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • For example, 2012 NAICS 443142, Electronics Stores combines the following four 2007 NAICS industries.
    2007 NAICS2012 NAICSNAICS Industry Title
     443142Electronics Stores
    443112 Radio, Television, and Other Electronics Stores
    443120 Computer and Software Stores
    443130 Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores
    451220 Prerecorded Tape, Compact Disc, and Record Stores

    For a full list of these changes, see the 2012 to 2007 NAICS Concordance [.xls] on the NAICS website.

    Bridging the Changes

    The 2012 Economic Census will be published on the 2012 NAICS basis, but data will also be published on the 2007 NAICS basis in the following two reports:

    • Comparative Statistics will present data for 2012 and 2007 on the 2007 NAICS basis for the U.S. and states.
    • The Bridge Between 2012 NAICS and 2007 NAICS will provide 2012 statistics on the 2012 and 2007 NAICS basis for industries that have changed for 2012. The report shows the total for the industry as well as the components of the NAICS change to help users understand the impact of the classification change.
    See the 2012 Economic Census Publication Schedule for the release date for these reports.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Planning and Coordination Division | 1-877-790-1876 | Last Revised: July 22, 2014