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The following is a breakdown of each sector:
The construction sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in the construction of buildings or engineering
projects (e.g., highways and utility systems). Establishments primarily engaged in the preparation of sites for new
construction and establishments primarily engaged in subdividing land for sale as building sites also are included
in this sector. Construction work done may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs.
Activities of these establishments generally are managed at a fixed place of business, but they usually perform
construction activities at multiple project sites.
The wholesale trade sector comprises establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise, generally without
transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. The wholesaling process is an
intermediate step in the distribution of merchandise. Wholesalers are organized to sell or arrange the purchase
or sale of (a) goods for resale (i.e., goods sold to other wholesalers or retailers), (b) capital or durable non-
consumer goods, and (c) raw and intermediate materials and supplies used in production. Wholesalers sell
merchandise to other businesses and normally operate from a warehouse or office.
The retail trade sector comprises establishments engaged in retailing merchandise, generally without transformation,
and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. The retailing process is the final step in the
distribution of merchandise; retailers are, therefore, organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the
general public. This sector comprises two main types of retailers: store and non-store retailers.
The educational services sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety
of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges,
universities, and training centers.
The health care sector comprises establishments providing health care for individuals. The industries in this
sector are arranged on a continuum starting with those establishments providing medical care exclusively, and
continuing with those providing health care and social assistance.
The information sector comprises establishments engaged in the following processes: (a) producing and distributing
information and cultural products, (b) providing the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data
or communications, and (c) processing data. The main components of this sector are the publishing industries,
including software publishing, and both traditional publishing and publishing exclusively on the Internet; the motion
picture and sound recording industries; the broadcasting industries, including traditional broadcasting and those
broadcasting exclusively over the Internet; the telecommunications industries; the industries known as Internet service
providers and web search portals, data processing industries, and the information services industries.
The arts, entertainment, and recreation sector includes a wide range of establishments that operate facilities or
provide services to meet varied cultural, entertainment, and recreational interests of their patrons. This sector
comprises (1) establishments that are involved in producing, promoting, or participating in live performances, events,
or exhibits intended for public viewing; (2) establishments that preserve and exhibit objects and sites of historical,
cultural, or educational interest; and (3) establishments that operate facilities or provide services that enable patrons
to participate in recreational activities or pursue amusement, hobby, and leisure-time interests.
The accommodation and food services sector comprises establishments providing customers with lodging and/or preparing
meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption. The sector includes both accommodation and food services establishments
because the two activities are often combined at the same establishment.
The manufacturing sector consists of establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of
materials, substances, or components into new products.
The other services sector comprises establishments engaged in providing services not specifically provided for elsewhere
in the North American Industry Classification System. Establishments in this sector are primarily engaged in activities,
such as equipment and machinery repairing, promoting or administering religious activities, grantmaking, advocacy, and
providing drycleaning and laundry services, personal care services, death care services, pet care services, photofinishing
services, temporary parking services, and dating services.
The professional and business services supersector is made up of three parts: the professional, scientific, and technical
services sector, the management of companies and enterprises sector, and the administrative and support and waste management
and remediation services sector.
The professional, scientific, and technical services sector comprises establishments that specialize in performing
professional, scientific, and technical activities for others. Activities performed include: legal advice and
representation; accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll services; architectural, engineering, and specialized design
services; computer services; consulting services; research services; advertising services; photographic services;
translation and interpretation services; veterinary services; and other professional, scientific, and technical
The management of companies and enterprises sector comprises (1) establishments that hold the securities of (or
other equity interests in) companies and enterprises for the purpose of owning a controlling interest or influencing
management decisions or (2) establishments (except government establishments) that administer, oversee, and manage
establishments of the company or enterprise and that normally undertake the strategic or organizational planning and
decision making role of the company or enterprise.
The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector comprises establishments
performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other organizations. These essential
activities are often undertaken in-house by establishments in many sectors of the economy. Activities performed
include: office administration, hiring and placing of personnel, document preparation and similar clerical
services, solicitation, collection, security and surveillance services, cleaning, and waste disposal services.