Industries at a Glance

Miscellaneous Manufacturing: NAICS 339

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About the Miscellaneous Manufacturing subsector

The miscellaneous manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Miscellaneous Manufacturing subsector make a wide range of products that cannot readily be classified in specific NAICS subsectors in manufacturing. Processes used by these establishments vary significantly, both among and within industries. For example, a variety of manufacturing processes are used in manufacturing sporting and athletic goods that include products such as tennis racquets and golf balls. The processes for these products differ from each other, and the processes differ significantly from the fabrication processes used in making dolls or toys, the melting and shaping of precious metals to make jewelry, and the bending, forming, and assembly used in making medical products.

North American Industry Classification System

The miscellaneous manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in miscellaneous 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

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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579.2 578.4 (P) 579.8 (P) 582.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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385.9 386.6 (P) 389.7 (P) 391.1

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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4.8% 5.2% 4.8% 6.2%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

7,270

Dental laboratory technicians

30,550

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

20,310

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

14,520

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

14,500

Team assemblers

63,860

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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2013
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2014
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2014
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Average hourly earnings

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$23.71 $24.04 (P) $23.64 (P) $23.65

Average weekly hours

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39.3 38.9 (P) 39.0 (P) 39.2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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Dec.
2013
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2014
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Average hourly earnings

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$17.13 $17.24 (P) $17.36 (P) $17.41

Average weekly hours

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40.4 39.5 (P) 39.6 (P) 40.0

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

$14.15 $14.96 $29,440 $31,120

Dental laboratory technicians

$17.22 $18.78 $35,810 $39,070

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

$25.99 $27.70 $54,050 $57,620

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

$17.35 $18.28 $36,080 $38,020

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

$25.57 $29.93 $53,180 $62,260

Team assemblers

$13.01 $13.70 $27,060 $28,500

(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 miscellaneous 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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

9 3 10 (P) 15

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

Total recordable cases

3.1 3.0 3.3 2.8

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

1.6 1.6 1.7 1.5

Cases involving days away from work

0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8

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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2013
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2014
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2014
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2014

Producer price index

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(P) 118.6 (P) 118.8 (P) 119.1 (P) 119.1

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.2% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.3% (P) 0.0%

Import index

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120.9 (R) 121.1 (R) 121.4 122.2

Percent change from previous month

-0.2% (R) 0.2% (R) 0.2% (R) 0.7%

Export index

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(R) 122.0 (R) 123.1 123.7 125.2

Percent change from previous month

(R) 0.3% (R) 0.9% (R) 0.5% 1.2%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in miscellaneous 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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2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
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2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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31,053 (P) 30,964 (P) 31,070 (P) 31,264

Local government

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State government

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Federal government

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2 (P) 2 (P) 2 (P) 2

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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119.146 127.695 126.672 132.233

Percent change from previous year

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0.6 7.2 -0.8 4.4

Labor index, total labor hours

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87.086 83.555 85.108 86.025

Percent change from previous year

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-8.6 -4.1 1.9 1.1

Output index

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103.759 106.695 107.808 113.754

Percent change from previous year

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-8.1 2.8 1.0 5.5

Unit labor costs index

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106.073 105.337 107.174 106.227

Percent change from previous year

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1.8 -0.7 1.7 -0.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

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Data extracted on: April 18, 2014

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