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What is a NAICS code?

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Use the NAICS Search box to find NAICS codes for the industry of interest. 

Examples of NAICS Codes:

4922 Couriers and Local Delivery Services 
511210 Software Publishing 
415110 New and used automobile and light-duty truck merchant wholesalers 
441120 Used Car Dealers 

Some business databases, example, the Business Source Premier , can also be used to identify industry code. Search the industry of interest by key word and open the results to see industry class associated with the report.

Industry Overview and Economic Census Data


IBISWorld Industry Reports 

IBIS World provides access to over 700 U.S. industry reports, covering 98% of the U.S. economy at the 5-digit level of the NAICS code. The Reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors and industry growth rates.  Also, it provides 5 year forecasts, as well as forward-looking Risk Rating Reports to help determine short-term financial risk for each U.S. industry. 

BCC Research 
Provides in-depth market research reports covering technology, science, & healthcare sectors. Reports provide market size forecasts & projections as well as information on major players in the industry.

Includes company profiles, news & data for private equity, venture capital, & mergers & acquisitions research

Statista is a statistics portal, providing data and facts on diverse topics. It is categorized into over 21 market sectors, and provides access to relevant and quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. The Industry Dossier data (when available) will provide detailed industry data. 

MarketScope Advisor

CFRA MarketScope Advisor provides access to extensive market commentary, independent investment analysis, up-to-date news and data on a broad range of asset classes. It includes Stock and Fund Reports (S&P Equity Research) and Industry Surveys (S&P Industry Surveys).

Mergent Online:

Includes Industry Reports (North America), Industry Reports (Asia Pacific), Industry Reports (Europe), and Industry Reports (Latin America); Reports describing the market environment and industry landscape for companies, industries, countries, and regions, as well as key trends and market outlook


The U.S. Census Bureau's Explore Census Data website is a good source of Economic Census data for 1997, 2002, 2007, and  2012. The Economic Census comes out every five years. It is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy.

The Economic Census data are available. To obtain data, visit the  2017 Economic data release tables. Also, check out the 2012 Economic Census releases by state.  Additional data can be obtained at the  Economic Census by Year.

Industry At A Glance Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistic produces reports on industries- Industry at A GlanceThese reports have detailed Industry data, including state, county, and metropolitan area data.

Databases for Industry Analysis and Research


The Library E-Journal page contains electronic journal across all subject areas. Search for any journal of interest using the search box or select the subject areas to search e-journals in business.

Occupational Outlook and Economic Indicators

The Occupational Outlook handbook provides sector analysis and projections for job growth. And the U.S. Census Bureau website ( offers useful information related to business and industry. 

Census Bureau Economic Statistics provides data on U.S Industries. A link to the annual, quarterly  and survey reports on U.S. industries (including Historic Time Series covering the industries) are available at Economic Indicators portal. For Retail Industries, for instance, see the link to Advance Monthly Sales for Retail Trade and Food Services.