Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) publishes industry estimates based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). NAICS-based estimates are available for December 2000 to the present.

NAICS Supersectors and Select Sectors

The JOLTS program publishes estimates by supersector and select sectors that are within scope of the JOLTS program; excluded are agriculture and private households. Publicly-owned establishments are classified in government. JOLTS publishes unadjusted estimates for the following NAICS supersectors and select sectors:

Mining and Logging


NAICS 1133—Logging

Sector 21—Mining


Sector 23—Construction

Durable Goods Manufacturing

(NAICS 321, 327, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 339)

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing

(NAICS 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326)

Wholesale Trade

Sector 42—Wholesale Trade

Retail Trade

Sector 44 - 45—Retail Trade

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

(All Sectors Combined)

Sectors 48 and 49—Transportation and Warehousing

Sector 22—Utilities


Sector 51—Information

Financial and Insurance

Sector 52—Finance and Insurance

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Sector 53—Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Professional and Business Services

(All Sectors Combined)

Sector 54—Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Sector 55—Management of Companies and Enterprises

Sector 56—Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Educational Services

Sector 61—Educational Services

Health Care and Social Assistance

Sector 62—Health Care and Social Assistance

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Sector 71—Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Accommodation and Food Services

Sector 72—Accommodation and Food Services

Other Services

Sector 81—Other Services, except Public Administration

Federal Government

State and Local Government

JOLTS publishes seasonally adjusted job openings, hires, total separations, and quits estimates for the following supersectors:



Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

Professional and Business Services

Education and Health Services

Leisure and Hospitality


What is NAICS?

After 60 years of use, the SIC system was retired and replaced by NAICS. NAICS is the product of a collaborative effort between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Sharing a common classification system allows, for the first time ever, direct comparison of economic data across borders in North America.

NAICS is a "clean slate" revision of the system used to classify establishments by industry. Unlike previous SIC revisions, the NAICS changes are fundamental. The NAICS system recognizes hundreds of new businesses in our economy, largely in the fast-growing service sector. The notice making NAICS effective in the United States was issued in April 1997. The first NAICS manual was published in mid-1998, and has been revised three times; once in 2002, once in 2007, and again in 2012.

At the heart of NAICS is a production-based concept of classification; that is, NAICS classifies each establishment into a detailed industry based on the production processes it uses. Under the SIC system, some establishments were classified according to the production processes, but others were classified using different criteria, such as class of customer. Thus, reclassification under NAICS substantially changes how many and which businesses are included in certain sectors.

Auxiliary establishments, which provide services such as warehousing, personnel, or data processing to other organizations within the same company, are classified in the same industry as their parent companies under the SIC. NAICS, however, classifies these establishments according to the services they provide.

For more information on NAICS:

Discontinued SIC Estimates

The production of SIC-based estimates was discontinued. Historical SIC-based estimates are available for December 2000 through April 2003.

Last Modified Date: March 20, 2012

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