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What is an SIC Code?


Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities: agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and trapping; mining; construction; manufacturing; transportation; communications, electric, gas and sanitary services; wholesale trade; retail trade; finance; insurance and real estate; personal, business, professional, repair, recreation and other services; and public administration.

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Reading an SIC Code
The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry. For example:


36 ELECTRONIC & OTHER ELECTRIC EQUIPTMENT
367 ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS & ACCESSORIES
3672 PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS


Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a seperate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group.

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