Industries at a Glance

Service-Providing Industries

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About the Service-Providing Industries supersector group

The service-providing industries supersector group consists of these supersectors and sectors:

  • Information
  • Financial Activities
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (NAICS 53)
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises (NAICS 55)
  • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (NAICS 56)
  • Education and Health Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (NAICS 62)
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Accommodation and Food Services (NAICS 72)
  • Other Services (except Public Administration)
  • (All other industries are part of the Goods-Producing Industries supersector group.)

    Workforce Statistics

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

    Employment

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    Dec.
    2013
    Jan.
    2014
    Feb.
    2014
    Mar.
    2014

    Employment (in thousands)

    Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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    118,584 118,663 (P) 118,820 (P) 118,987

    Footnotes
    (P) Preliminary

    (Source: Current Employment Statistics)

    Dynamic Changes in Employment

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    3rd quarter
    2012
    4th quarter
    2012
    1st quarter
    2013
    2nd quarter
    2013

    Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

    Gross job gains

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    (1) 5,509 (1) 5,751 (2) 5,855 (1) 5,773

    Gross job losses

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    (1) 5,313 (1) 5,086 (1) 5,062 (1) 5,204

    Footnotes
    (1) Total private includes unclassified sector, not shown separately
    (2) An administrative event occurred during this quarter

    (Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

    Projections

    For projected (future) employment estimates in service-providing 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 contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

    Employer Compensation Costs

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

    12-month percent change

    Total compensation

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    1.8% 1.8% 2.0% 2.0%

    Wages and salaries

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    1.8% 1.8% 1.9% 2.1%

    (Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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    4th quarter 2013
    Compensation component
    ($ per hour worked)
    Percent of total compensation

    Compensation costs

    Total compensation

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    28.44 100.0

    Wages and salaries

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    20.20 71.0

    Total benefits

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    8.25 29.0

    Insurance

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    2.26 8.0

    Retirement

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    0.97 3.4

    (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 service-providing 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.

    Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

    Fatalities

    Number of fatalities

    2,673 2,759 2,858 (P) 2,596

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

    Total recordable cases

    3.4 3.4 3.3 3.2

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

    1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6

    Cases involving days away from work

    1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

    Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

    0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6

    Footnotes
    (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 service-providing industries.

    Establishments

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    4th quarter
    2012
    1st quarter
    2013
    2nd quarter
    2013
    3rd quarter
    2013

    Number of establishments

    Private industry

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    7,664,594 (P) 7,631,256 (P) 7,707,086 (P) 7,780,535

    Local government

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    159,707 (P) 160,758 (P) 160,752 (P) 160,944

    State government

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    64,079 (P) 64,234 (P) 64,316 (P) 64,557

    Federal government

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    63,652 (P) 62,492 (P) 62,291 (P) 62,066

    Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

    With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

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    (1) 1,578 (2) 2,004 (1) 1,606

    With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

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    (1) 1,482 (1) 1,515 (1) 1,550

    Footnotes
    (1) Total private includes unclassified sector, not shown separately
    (2) An administrative event occurred during this quarter
    (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: April 15, 2014

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