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Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing: NAICS 326

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About the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector

The plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector make goods by processing plastics materials and raw rubber. The core technology employed by establishments in this subsector is that of plastics or rubber product production. Plastics and rubber are combined in the same subsector because plastics are increasingly being used as a substitute for rubber; however the subsector is generally restricted to the production of products made of just one material, either solely plastics or rubber.

North American Industry Classification System

The plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in plastics and rubber products 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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2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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663.0 663.4 (P) 663.7 (P) 665.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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510.2 510.2 (P) 511.6 (P) 514.0

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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5.5% 5.3% 4.5% 1.9%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

32,130

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

21,980

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

28,910

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

27,180

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

57,080

Packers and packagers, hand

23,830

Team assemblers

44,150

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$20.57 $20.47 (P) $20.60 (P) $20.42

Average weekly hours

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41.7 41.8 (P) 41.7 (P) 41.8

Footnotes
(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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$16.56 $16.50 (P) $16.52 (P) $16.39

Average weekly hours

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42.2 42.6 (P) 42.7 (P) 42.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

$14.29 $14.87 $29,730 $30,940

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

$14.85 $15.70 $30,890 $32,650

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

$24.58 $25.95 $51,130 $53,970

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

$14.76 $15.98 $30,710 $33,250

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

$12.90 $13.70 $26,830 $28,500

Packers and packagers, hand

$10.83 $11.41 $22,520 $23,720

Team assemblers

$12.65 $13.22 $26,310 $27,490

(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 plastics and rubber products 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

10 8 12 (P) 11

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

Total recordable cases

(1) 5.1 4.9 5.0

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

(1) 3.0 2.8 2.8

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 1.3 1.3 1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 1.7 1.5 1.5

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009
(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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Producer price index

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(P) 186.0 (P) 186.4 (P) 186.7 (P) 186.9

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.4% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.1%

Import index

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(R) 121.8 121.7 121.8 121.9

Percent change from previous month

(R) -0.9% (R) -0.1% 0.1% 0.1%

Export index

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(R) 118.9 (R) 119.2 (R) 119.2 119.1

Percent change from previous month

(R) -0.3% (R) 0.3% (R) 0.0% (R) -0.1%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in plastics and rubber products 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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Number of establishments

Private industry

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12,972 13,017 13,025 (P) 13,089

Local government

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1 1 2 (P) 1

State government

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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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106.456 106.303 108.260

Percent change from previous year

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5.5 -0.1 1.8

Labor index, total labor hours

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76.008 77.515 78.541 79.927

Percent change from previous year

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3.6 2.0 1.3 1.8

Output index

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80.915 82.401 85.028

Percent change from previous year

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9.3 1.8 3.2

Unit labor costs index

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110.600 111.708 112.531

Percent change from previous year

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-4.0 1.0 0.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

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Data extracted on: November 21, 2014

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