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2012 NAICS: 238 - Specialty trade contractors




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Source & Description   Frequency Latest Data Geography Industry
Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)Quarterly4Q 2013States, counties, metro areasSelected 2- thru 4-digits
Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES)Annual2012U.S.Selected 2- thru 6-digits
County Business Patterns (BP)Annual2012U.S., states, counties, metros, ZIP Codes, and island areasSelected 2- thru 6-digits
Nonemployer Statistics (NES)Annual2012U.S., states, metro areas, countiesSelected 2- thru 6-digits
Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB)Annual2011U.S., states, metro areas, countiesSelected 2- thru 6-digits
Economic Census (ECN)Every 5 years2012U.S., states, counties, places, metros, ZIP Codes2- thru 6-digits
Economic Census of Island Areas (IA)Every 5 years2012American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands2-thru 5 digits
Survey of Business Owners (SBO)Every 5 years2007U.S., states, counties, cities, metro areasSelected 2- thru 6-digits

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Program Series Table Title Data Years Available
County Business PatternsGeographic Area Series Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns 2012
Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns by Legal Form of Organization 2012
Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns by Employment Size Class 2012
Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns for Puerto Rico and the Island Areas 2012
Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns by Employment Size Class for Puerto Rico and the Island Areas 2012
Economic Census Advance Report All sectors: Core Business Statistics Series: Advance Summary Statistics for the U.S. (2012 NAICS Basis): 2012 2012 2007
Advance Comparative Statistics for the US 2007
Comparative Statistics, 2007 and 2002 Comparative Statistics for the U.S. and States (2002 NAICS Basis) 2007
Geographic Area Series All sectors: Geographic Area Series: Economy-Wide Key Statistics: 2012 2012 2007 2002
Detailed Statistics for Establishments: States 2007 2002
Subject Series: General Summary Detailed Statistics for Establishments 2007 2002
Statistics by Employment Size of Establishment 2007 2002
Statistics by Value of Business Done Size of Establishment 2007 2002
Value of Construction Work by Location of Constr.(state to state) 2007 2002
Value of Construction Work by Type of Constr. for U.S. and States 2007 2002
Selected Statistics by Specialization in Types of Construction 2007
Value of Business Done by Kind-of-Business Activity for States 2007
Statistics by Kind of Business by Specialization Level 2007
Statistics by Legal Form of Organization 2007 2002
Economic Census of Island Areas Geographic Area Series Island Areas: Geographic Area Series: General Statistics by Kind of Business for American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, P 2012
Industry series Comparative Statistics by Industry 2007
General Statistics by Industry 2007
General Statistics by Industry and Legal Form of Organization 2007
General Statistics by Industry and Employment Size 2007
Value of Business Done by Kind-of-Business Activity 2007
Cost of Materials by Industry 2007
Employment and Payroll Statistics by Industry 2007
Number of Construction Workers and Hours Worked by Industry 2007
Value of Business Done by Industry 2007
Assets, Capital Expenditures, and Depreciation by Industry 2007
Nonemployer Statistics Nonemployer Statistics Geographic Area Series: Nonemployer Statistics by Legal Form of Organization: 2012 2012 2007
Geographic Area Series: Nonemployer Statistics for the US, States, Metropolitan Areas, and Counties: 2012 2012 2007
Geographic Area Series: Nonemployer Statistics by Receipt Size Class: 2012 2012
Survey of Business Owners Survey of Business Owners Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, Race for the U.S., States 2007

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Definition


The Specialty Trade Contractors subsector comprises establishments whose primary activity is performing specific activities (e.g., pouring concrete, site preparation, plumbing, painting, and electrical work) involved in building construction or other activities that are similar for all types of construction, but that are not responsible for the entire project. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, maintenance, and repairs. The production work performed by establishments in this subsector is usually subcontracted from establishments of the general contractor type or for-sale builders, but especially in remodeling and repair construction, work also may be done directly for the owner of the property. Specialty trade contractors usually perform most of their work at the construction site, although they may have shops where they perform prefabrication and other work. Establishments primarily engaged in preparing sites for new construction are also included in this subsector.

There are substantial differences in types of equipment, work force skills, and other inputs required by specialty trade contractors. Establishments in this subsector are classified based on the underlying production function for the specialty trade in which they specialize. Throughout the Specialty Trade Contractors subsector, establishments commonly provide both the parts and labor required to complete work. For example, electrical contractors supply the current-carrying and noncurrent-carrying wiring devices that are required to install a circuit. Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors also supply the parts required to complete a contract.

Establishments that specialize in activities primarily related to heavy and civil engineering construction that are not normally performed on buildings, such as the painting of lines on highways are classified in Subsector 237, Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction.

Establishments that are primarily engaged in selling construction materials are classified in Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, or Sector 44-45, Retail Trade, based on the characteristics of the selling unit.

Comparability


This 2012 NAICS code is comparable to the 2007 and 2002 NAICS codes. This 2002 NAICS code is comprised of: Part of 1997 NAICS code 213 (Support activities for mining), part of 1997 NAICS code 234 (Heavy construction), part of 1997 NAICS Code 235 (Special trade contractors), and part of 1997 NAICS Code 561 (Administrative and support services).