Industry Statistics Portal (ISP)
Tips and Tricks (FAQs about the ISP)
Finding My Industry
- When I use the Select an Industry menu, all I can get to are 2-digit (sector) NAICS codes. How can I get to the more detailed codes?
- Clicking on the NAICS code and title in the list brings you to the information for that sector, but to navigate to a more detailed industry, place your cursor on the small triangle to the left of the code and click it… this will expand the tree.
- I can’t seem to find the information for my industry using the Search. Why?
- Like most search systems, there can be many reasons why a search does not return the results expected. Below are a few tips on how to make the ISP search work for you:
- Singular vs. Plural – Often making the search term singular (“shoe” vs. “shoes”) can expand the results provided.
- Try a different word – The ISP Search uses the index list from the NAICS manual as a source, so trying a synonym for the industry you’re looking for can help (“shoe” vs. “footwear”)
- The industries covered by the ISP also affect the search results presented. Below are some tips on this coverage issue:
- Non-covered industries - The ISP only presents data for industries published in the Economic Census, so industries which aren’t covered (for example, Agriculture) are not currently accessible in the ISP.
- Industry Vintage – The ISP presents information based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), so data for 2002 or 1997 NAICS industries that have changed for 2007 are not available.
- I’m only seeing information from a small number of Census Bureau programs for my industry, but I think that data from other programs may be available. How do I get to these data?
- The ISP presents all programs that publish data for the exact industry a user has selected, but often data are available at a higher, more aggregated industry level from other programs. Use the RELATED INDUSTRIES tool in the ISP to navigate to a higher-level NAICS code to see additional programs.
- The ISP provides direct links to some data in AFF but not others. Why?
- The ISP currently provides direct links to data only for the Census Bureau programs that are released on AFF. To access the data for all other programs, click on the program title on the Guide To All Data Sources page and navigate to the data on that program’s web site.
- I can access data on AFF for multiple years for some industries but only for a single year for others. Why?
- The ISP provides access to current and historical data tables only for industries that are comparable over time. For industries that were affected by a NAICS change, data only for the latest year are shown. Use the Definition & Comparability tool in the ISP to view the information about NAICS changes.
Census Bureau Programs Included
Links to Data