This section summarizes information about how businesses are classified and covered in the Economic Census, provides links to more specific coverage information, and includes information about census-related programs.
The 2012 Economic Census covers business establishments in all or part of 19 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)-defined business sectors. Census coverage by NAICS Sector is summarized in the following table. Click on a sector name for more information about coverage and forms for that sector.
|NAICS Sector Name||Sector Number||Economic Census Coverage|
|Accommodation and Food Services||72||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services||56||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation||71||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Construction||23||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Educational Services||61||NAICS-classified industries; except school, college and university activities.|
|Finance and Insurance||52||NAICS-classified industries; except specialized financial activities.|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||62||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Information||51||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||55||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Manufacturing||31-33||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Mining||21||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Other Services (except Public Administration)||81||NAICS-classified industries; except religious, labor, political, and private household activities.|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||54||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing||53||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Retail Trade||44-45||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Transportation and Warehousing||48-49||NAICS-classified industries; except rail transportation and postal service activities.|
|Utilities||22||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|Wholesale Trade||42||All NAICS-classified industries.|
|U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands|
Coverage in the Economic Census is on each establishment's primary business activity, not how it is organized. The census covers single- and multi-location businesses, company parent and subsidiary units, partnerships, sole proprietorships, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, nontaxable entities, and selected government-owned business activities (such as hospitals and liquor stores).