Industries at a Glance

Wood Product Manufacturing: NAICS 321

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About the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector

The wood product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector manufacture wood products, such as lumber, plywood, veneers, wood containers, wood flooring, wood trusses, manufactured homes (i.e., mobile homes), and prefabricated wood buildings. The production processes of the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector include sawing, planing, shaping, laminating, and assembling of wood products starting from logs that are cut into bolts, or lumber that then may be further cut, or shaped by lathes or other shaping tools. The lumber or other transformed wood shapes may also be subsequently planed or smoothed, and assembled into finished products, such as wood containers. The Wood Product Manufacturing subsector includes establishments that make wood products from logs and bolts that are sawed and shaped, and establishments that purchase sawed lumber and make wood products. With the exception of sawmills and wood preservation establishments, the establishments are grouped into industries mainly based on the specific products manufactured.

North American Industry Classification System

The wood product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in wood product manufacturing. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2014
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2014
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2015
Feb.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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377.6 376.8 (P) 380.1 (P) 378.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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302.0 301.9 (P) 304.1 (P) 304.7

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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3.7% 2.7% 6.2% 3.0%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

11,320

Carpenters

11,340

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

13,810

Machine feeders and offbearers

10,010

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

34,690

Team assemblers

34,740

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

43,370

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for wood product manufacturing.

(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 are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in wood product manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$18.46 $18.46 (P) $18.39 (P) $18.33

Average weekly hours

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40.9 41.0 (P) 40.8 (P) 40.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014
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2014
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2015

Average hourly earnings

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$15.68 $15.79 (P) $15.70 (P) $15.70

Average weekly hours

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41.5 41.7 (P) 41.4 (P) 41.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

13.35 14.52 27,770 30,200

Carpenters

14.71 16.46 30,600 34,230

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

23.16 24.49 48,170 50,950

Machine feeders and offbearers

12.40 13.00 25,800 27,030

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

12.77 13.48 26,560 28,040

Team assemblers

12.25 12.87 25,480 26,760

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

13.04 13.58 27,110 28,260

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

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 wood product manufacturing. 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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

34 25 24 (P) 28

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

Total recordable cases

6.2 6.4 6.5 6.4

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

3.4 3.4 3.8 3.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.9 1.8 2.1 1.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5 1.6 1.7 1.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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2014
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2014
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2015
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2015

Producer price index

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(P) 126.2 (P) 125.8 (P) 126.2 (P) 125.7

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.2% (P) -0.3% (P) 0.3% (P) -0.4%

Import index

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119.7 119.8 (R) 120.1 118.6

Percent change from previous month

-0.9% 0.1% (R) 0.3% (R) -1.2%

Export index

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Percent change from previous month

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in wood product manufacturing. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2013
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2014
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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14,408 (P) 14,403 (P) 14,456 (P) 14,520

Local government

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8 (P) 8 (P) 8 (P) 8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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111.473 112.833 114.180

Percent change from previous year

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6.1 1.2 1.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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62.668 62.575 64.478 68.020

Percent change from previous year

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-1.3 -0.1 3.0 5.5

Output index

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69.858 70.605 73.621

Percent change from previous year

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4.7 1.1 4.3

Unit labor costs index

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110.707 110.356 109.760

Percent change from previous year

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-4.9 -0.3 -0.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: March 27, 2015

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