Industry Research

Industry Codes

To use some sources you will need a NAICS or SIC code for your industry.

North American Industry Classification System
The NAIC System assigns numerical codes to industries from two to six digits. Shorter codes represent broader industry sectors. Be sure to read the full description of the NAICS code, as it may include a broader array of products/services than you might assume.

More info on NAICS is available at  NAICS FAQ.

 

Standard Industrial Classification Manual (at OSHA site)
The SIC system assigns numerical codes to industries from two to four digits. Shorter codes represent broader industry sectors. Be sure to read the full description of the SIC code, as it often includes a broader array of products/services than you might assume.

Industry Statistics - Best Places to Start

Statistical information on industries often originates from government sources. The U.S. government has the resources and expertise to produce high quality statistics. Sometimes private companies update government statistics or repackage it in more convenient forms. Industry associations and private companies may also produce statistics not available from government sources.

Be careful!
When using statistics you may need to read introductory material and footnotes, so that you understand what the statistics were designed to measure and any limitations of the statistics.

Economic Census & other industry stats from US Census Bureau

The Census Bureau produces may useful statistical series for industries. These sites can take some work to figure out, but they are free. Statistical tables can often be manipulated or downloaded in useful forms.

Create Reports for Specific Geographic Areas

Other Industry Statistics

Historical Industry Statistics: Paper Sources at the EMU Library

CRB Commodity Yearbook
This volume presents commodity statistics from numerous government and private sources. Useful for agricultural products, energy resources, metals, and some processed products such as plastics or lumber. Subscription was cancelled due to high cost/low use. Most recent volume is 2008.
On Reserve at the Circulation Desk HF 1041 .C56 2008

Agriculture, Mining, and Construction USA
Reference HD 9005 .A47x 1998
Manufacturing & Distribution USA
Reference HD 9721 .M3495 2000
Transportation and Public Utilities USA
Reference HE 202.5 .T72 1998
These reference works pull together historical data from many sources in a convenient arrangement by SIC code. Many of the tables provided can be updated using the Economics Census sources described above.

 

 

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