Industries at a Glance

Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: NAICS 424

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About the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector

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

Industries in the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector sell nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods are items generally with a normal life expectancy of less than three years. Nondurable goods merchant wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as paper and paper products, chemicals and chemical products, drugs, textiles and textile products, apparel, footwear, groceries, farm products, petroleum and petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, books, magazines, newspapers, flowers and nursery stock, and tobacco products.

North American Industry Classification System

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

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in merchant wholesalers, nondurable 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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2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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2,050.3 2,054.4 (P) 2,057.4 (P) 2,060.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,695.3 1,672.2 (P) 1,675.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

176,110

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

286,670

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

45,910

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

57,650

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

140,020

(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, nondurable 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, nondurable goods.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2015
Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$25.19 $25.08 $25.25 (P) $25.14

Average weekly hours

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39.2 38.7 38.4 (P) 38.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$20.66 $20.63 $20.80 (P) $20.74

Average weekly hours

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38.5 38.2 37.6 (P) 38.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

13.09 14.02 27,230 29,150

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

24.84 30.02 51,670 62,450

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

35.91 41.50 74,690 86,320

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

14.44 15.55 30,030 32,340

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

19.79 21.02 41,170 43,720

(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, nondurable 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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

77 89 87 84

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

Data series 2014

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

Total recordable cases

3.9

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

2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3

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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Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Producer price index

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(P) 156.2 (P) 155.2 (P) 154.2 (P) 151.2

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.2% (P) -0.6% (P) -0.6% (P) -1.9%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in merchant wholesalers, nondurable 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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2014
1st quarter
2015
2nd quarter
2015
3rd quarter
2015

Number of establishments

Private industry

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138,855 (P) 138,032 (P) 138,497 (P) 139,253

Local government

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11 (P) 10 (P) 10 (P) 10

State government

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Federal 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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107.216 108.299 111.908

Percent change from previous year

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2.1 1.0 3.3

Labor index, total labor hours

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95.331 96.889 97.586 98.093

Percent change from previous year

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0.7 1.6 0.7 0.5

Output index

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102.209 104.930 109.207

Percent change from previous year

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2.7 2.7 4.1

Unit labor costs index

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105.696 104.810 106.087

Percent change from previous year

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1.4 -0.8 1.2

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: May 04, 2016

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