Industries at a Glance

Goods-Producing Industries

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About the Goods-Producing Industries supersector group

The goods-producing industries supersector group consists of these supersectors and sectors:

(All other industries are part of the Service-Providing Industries supersector group.)

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in goods-producing industries. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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19,021 19,055 (P) 19,122 (P) 19,144

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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13,707 13,730 (P) 13,778 (P) 13,788

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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1.6% 1.4% 1.4% 1.0%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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2.0% 1.8% 1.8% 1.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

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1,345 1,370 1,309 1,344

Gross job losses

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1,224 1,273 1,248 1,306

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in goods-producing industries, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$25.63 $25.74 (P) $25.76 (P) $25.81

Average weekly hours

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40.6 40.6 (P) 40.5 (P) 40.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$21.55 $21.57 (P) $21.63 (P) $21.65

Average weekly hours

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41.5 41.6 (P) 41.5 (P) 41.5

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

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$465 $483 $470 $496

Members of unions

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$545 $580 $499 $463

Represented by unions

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$543 $572 $509 $486

Nonunion

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$463 $481 $469 $496

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

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3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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1.9% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8%

Wages and salaries

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2.0% 1.9% 1.8% 1.9%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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36.18 100.0

Wages and salaries

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23.97 66.2

Total benefits

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12.21 33.8

Insurance

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3.43 9.5

Retirement

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1.88 5.2

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in goods-producing industries. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

Number of fatalities

1,931 1,835 1,870 (P) 1,765

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.2 4.2 4.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.3 2.3 2.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.2 1.2 1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.1 1.1 1.1

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in goods-producing industries.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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1,208,332 1,216,374 1,217,430 (P) 1,221,161

Local government

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4,714 4,719 4,724 (P) 4,731

State government

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1,841 1,839 1,829 (P) 1,830

Federal government

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119 119 119 (P) 118

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

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312 309 314

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

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294 294 297

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Monthly Labor Review

See industry studies in the Index of the Monthly Labor Review Online (Current Issue).

Occupational Outlook Quarterly

See occupations and industries in the Index of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: September 25, 2014

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