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Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods: NAICS 423

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About the Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods subsector

The merchant wholesalers, durable goods subsector is part of the wholesale trade sector.

Industries in the Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods subsector sell capital or durable goods to other businesses. Merchant wholesalers generally take title to the goods that they sell; in other words, they buy and sell goods on their own account. Durable goods are new or used items generally with a normal life expectancy of three years or more. Durable goods merchant wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as motor vehicles, furniture, construction materials, machinery and equipment (including household-type appliances), metals and minerals (except petroleum), sporting goods, toys and hobby goods, recyclable materials, and parts.

North American Industry Classification System

The merchant wholesalers, durable goods subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in merchant wholesalers, durable goods. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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2,925.1 2,935.4 (P) 2,940.2 (P) 2,947.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,342.5 2,347.1 (P) 2,333.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

182,500

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

427,640

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

97,150

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

89,530

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

75,950

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for merchant wholesalers, durable goods.

(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 merchant wholesalers, durable goods.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$27.44 $27.97 $27.69 (P) $27.97

Average weekly hours

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39.2 39.9 39.2 (P) 39.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$22.74 $23.13 $22.91 (P) $22.92

Average weekly hours

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39.1 39.7 39.2 (P) 39.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

12.80 13.53 26,620 28,140

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

25.09 30.20 52,190 62,820

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

32.71 39.74 68,040 82,660

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

14.46 15.30 30,080 31,830

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

13.21 13.85 27,470 28,810

(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 merchant wholesalers, durable goods. 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

89 109 109 (P) 107

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

Total recordable cases

3.1 2.8 2.9 2.9

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

1.7 1.5 1.6 1.6

Cases involving days away from work

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7

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.

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Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015

Producer price index

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(P) 128.8 (P) 129.3 (P) 130.2 (P) 129.8

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.2% (P) 0.4% (P) 0.7% (P) -0.3%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in merchant wholesalers, durable goods. 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
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014
3rd quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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251,101 (P) 250,717 (P) 251,455 (P) 252,526

Local government

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22 (P) 20 (P) 19 (P) 20

State government

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1 (P) 1 (P) 2 (P) 2

Federal government

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Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Labor productivity index, output per hour

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132.815 140.265 147.440 151.516

Percent change from previous year

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14.3 5.6 5.1 2.8

Labor index, total labor hours

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89.530 92.190 93.121 94.760

Percent change from previous year

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-2.7 3.0 1.0 1.8

Output index

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118.909 129.310 137.297 143.577

Percent change from previous year

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11.2 8.7 6.2 4.6

Unit labor costs index

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95.646 93.478 91.946 89.379

Percent change from previous year

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-10.1 -2.3 -1.6 -2.8

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: March 27, 2015

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