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2017 NAICS Code Changes

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), used to classify businesses for statistical economic data, is typically updated every five years to reflect the changing economy. There were relatively few changes for the set of new codes just released for use with 2017 data.  However, there certainly were some interesting as well as notable changes.

Highlights of the changes are detailed in the table below. Also shown in this table are the employment figures for 2016 and the change over the preceding ten years. The NAICS code changes include industries splitting and merging as well as changes in code while the descriptions remain the same.

Some of the industries involved in these changes have experienced extreme employment contractions or expansions. Video tape and disc rental, for example, has seen employment plummet from over 150,000 in 2004 to under 12,000 in 2016.[1] On the other extreme, employment in electronic shopping soared over the same period from a little over 50,000 to over 230,000.

Video Tape and Disc Rental (NAICS 532230)
Covered Employment, United States

 

Electronic Shopping (NAICS 454111)
Covered Employment, United States

 

2012-2017 NAICS Change Industries and Employment
2017 NAICS Code 2017 NAICS Title 2012 NAICS Code 2012 NAICS Title
(and specific piece of the 2012 industry that is
contained in the 2017 industry)
2016 Empl Change in Empl, 2006-16 Percent Change in Empl, 2006-16
211120Crude Petroleum Extraction211111Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction - crude petroleum extraction167,72237,53029%
211130Natural Gas Extraction211111Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction - natural gas extraction(above)(above)(above)
211130Natural Gas Extraction211112Natural Gas Liquid Extraction7,2542,58455%
212230Copper, Nickel, Lead, and Zinc Mining212231Lead Ore and Zinc Ore Mining2,33661836%
212230Copper, Nickel, Lead, and Zinc Mining212234Copper Ore and Nickel Ore Mining13,0213,00930%
333914Measuring, Dispensing, and Other Pumping Equipment Manufacturing333911Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturing25,623-2,990-10%
333914Measuring, Dispensing, and Other Pumping Equipment Manufacturing333913Measuring and Dispensing Pump Manufacturing3,23236313%
335220Major Household Appliance Manufacturing335221Household Cooking Appliance Manufacturing13,718-4,247-24%
335220Major Household Appliance Manufacturing335222Household Refrigerator and Home Freezer Manufacturing15,716-2,270-13%
335220Major Household Appliance Manufacturing335224Household Laundry Equipment Manufacturing804-13,653-94%
335220Major Household Appliance Manufacturing335228Other Major Household Appliance Manufacturing20,5448,14166%
452210Department Stores452111Department Stores (except Discount Department Stores)489,924-189,027-28%
452210Department Stores452112Discount Department Stores - insignificant perishable grocery sales848,373-75,612-8%
452311Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters452112Discount Department Stores - significant perishable grocery sales(above)(above)(above)
452311Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters452910Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters1,492,718434,59241%
452319All Other General Merchandise Stores452990All Other General Merchandise Stores415,71588,32527%
454110Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses454111Electronic Shopping230,662161,623234%
454110Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses454112Electronic Auctions10,9166,319137%
454110Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses454113Mail-Order Houses125,782-34,615-22%
512250Record Production and Distribution512210Record Production1,887-709-27%
512250Record Production and Distribution512220Integrated Record Production/Distribution3,8671775%
541713Research and Development in Nanotechnology541711Research and Development in Biotechnology - nanobiotechnologies research and experimental development laboratories170,84130,64422%
541713Research and Development in Nanotechnology541712Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) - nanotechnology research and experimental development laboratories469,81146,29111%
541714Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology)541711Research and Development in Biotechnology - except nanobiotechnologies research and experimental development laboratories(above)(above)(above)
541715Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)541712Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) - except nanotechnology research and experimental development laboratories(above)(above)(above)
517311Wired Telecommunications Carriers517110Wired Telecommunications Carriers590,299-105,104-15%
517312Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)517210Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)123,076-78,446-39%
532281Formal Wear and Costume Rental532220Formal Wear and Costume Rental7,051-6,834-49%
532282Video Tape and Disc Rental532230Video Tape and Disc Rental11,901-115,784-91%
532283Home Health Equipment Rental532291Home Health Equipment Rental38,641-609-2%
532284Recreational Goods Rental532292Recreational Goods Rental14,4283,34730%
532289All Other Consumer Goods Rental532299All Other Consumer Goods Rental63,03217,52038%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and JobsEQ

The next scheduled review of NAICS codes is for a possible 2022 revision.

 

[1] All employment references in this article refer to Covered Employment as reported in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

 

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